Located in the Dales of Northern England lies the Yorkshire Dales village of Leyburn a quaint historic market town offering some ruggedly attractive Dales holiday cottages for visitors. The town sits in Lower Wensleydale amongst some of Yorkshire’s best walking trails. For example, you shouldn’t miss out on Leyburn’s Shawl walk where you’ll learn more about the Mary Queen of Scots. The walk offers a wonderful view over the town and the Dales countryside above it and then drops into a stroll of about seven miles, returning back to Leyburn.

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Barn Cottage is a lovely stone-built cottage in Carlton in Coverdale which connects visitors to the Yorkshire countryside. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys fresh air and a pretty garden and retains features such as exposed beams throughout the interior. Relax and unwind in front of the log fire.

Eastburn Cottage is a magnificent 17th-century farmhouse with an open fire, original beams and sleeps 7. This cosy Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage sits in the heart of the traditional village of Newbiggin, a stroll from a charming pub and 3 miles from the North Yorkshire market town of Leyburn.

Gaze upon fields blanketed in snow or greet the sun in the south-facing garden at Lavender Cottage, a romantic holiday cottage for couples in the Yorkshire Dales village of Askrigg. Enjoy the 1-bedroom, pet-friendly holiday cottage with its antique furnishing, cosy open fire and rural views.

Visit the three exquisite art galleries dotted around the town, all hosting fine work by artists living locally as well as artists from other areas. Enjoy a genuine market town experience with friendly market stalls and independent boutiques and shops decorating the cobbled streets.

Take a step into the Yorkshire Dales history and heritage and visit Jervaulx Abbey, a tranquil destination not far from the pretty (or dramatic depending on water levels) Aysgarth Waterfalls, which makes a wonderful day out for the family. Take a picnic and set up camp at the peaceful water’s edge of the rushing river.

For something more unusual but equally as captivating, visit the Forbidden Corner, billed as the Strangest Place in the World; this trail of bizarre statues and tunnels will have the whole family entertained for hours. However, its popularity grows every year and tickets must be booked in advance.