A peaceful market town, you will find the scenic Yorkshire Dales town of Hawes byb the River Ure in North Yorkshire. Home to numerous charming shops, traditional pubs and elegant tea rooms, Hawes is the ideal place to escape for a serene holiday – or, alternatively, for some exciting sports, such as cycling one of the toughest routes in the world. Take your bike along the gorgeous Fleet Moss, or hike through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park bwfore returning to your cosy Dales holiday cottage in Hawes.
For fun with the kids, visit the Old Hawes Railway Station to learn about antique locomotives, and then stop by The Board Inn for a pint to drink by their log fire. Alternatively, explore more of the surrounding natural beauty by visiting the Hardraw Force waterfall. Hidden in a stunning forest (perfect for a picnic!), this waterfall is the highest single-drop waterfall in the country. What’s more, it’s believed that it was formed some 15,000 years ago – and much, much more recently, was also used in Hollywood film, ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’
Hawes became a town under the reign of King William III, and by 1887, the place was flourishing with auctions – particularly for cattle. Before long, cattle and sheep fairs were being held annually, and soon after, cheese fairs were held, too. Proud of their local produce, the Wensleydale Creamery still make the famous Wensleydale cheese, and is even open for visits, offering fun events like cheese tastings. Events like this, as well as local farmers’ markets, makes Hawes the ideal place to rent a self-catered cottage, where the choice to dine out or cook with locally-sourced food is equally doable and exciting. To fully immerse yourself in Hawes culture and to find out more about their past, visit the Dales Countryside Museum – and if you’re still thirsty for knowledge afterwards, Hawes Ropemakers offers a fascinating insight into the modern rope-making process. A unique, quirky town nestled with splendid views all round, Hawes is a wonderful holiday choice for both families and friends.