How to get to Upper Wensleydale

Maps and Directions

A map of the UK showing the location of Upper Wensleydale

Upper Wensleydale is situated in an area of the Pennine Uplands, with the M6 motorway to the West and the A1 to the East.

A day visit only whets the appetite

Upper Wensleydale provides a wide range of accommodation. Choose from luxury hotels, traditional inns, country guest houses, homely bed and breakfast in farmhouses and cottages, self-catering properties, youth hostels, caravan and camping sites. Many excellent teashops, cafés, restaurants and inns offer everything from a "cuppa" to bar snacks and traditional or gourmet meals to suit every appetite and pocket. Local produce is available including Wensleydale cheese.

A sense of pride in caring for visitors and offering good value for money are important to local business people.

Upper Wensleydale provides an enviable quality of life for its rural population. The strong character of people and place is reflected in the up-to-date working society with a deep sense of heritage. Dialect can still be heard and many families can be traced back for centuries. Modern businesses, including tourism, shops and services, have grown up alongside farming. The creative output of artists and craftspeople, inspired by the spectacular surroundings, is of exceptionally high quality.

There is a long tradition of welcoming visitors and new residents. Enjoy being part of the Upper Wensleydale community. Your first visit will probably be just that - the first of many.


The local Tourist Information Centres (see below) have timetable details. Buses run up and down the dale from Hawes to Leyburn and further afield approximately every hour. The nearest railway station to Hawes is Garsdale, on the scenic Settle to Carlisle line - six miles away.

Tourist Information Centres

  • Aysgarth
    Tel: +44 (0)1969 623069
  • Hawes
    Tel: +44 (0)1969 667540

For Public Transport Timetable information in North Yorkshire:


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