Things To Do in Wensleydale

Things To Do

Wensleydale and the surrounding Dales offer some of the best cycling and walking in England. With stunning scenery and idyllic market towns you will find unforgetable routes and walks for all abilities. The Old Town Hall is perfectly located for walkers with a multitude of public footpaths running from Redmire to Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, down to the river and Redmire Force waterfall. The village of Reeth is just over the hill and further into Swaledale you come to Muker and Keld with a delightful walk that follows part of The Pennine Way and allows for a visit to Muker Tea Room, an absolute must. 

Redmire itself is on The Yorkshire Dales Cycleway and serves as an ideal base for all.  We have private parking at the rear of The Old Town Hall, secure storage for cycles and drying facilities for boots and clothing should the weather not be as kind as you hoped. Visitors in the autumn and winter months will benefit from seeing the many waterfalls in the area at their ‘full’ and most spectacular, making the occasional rain a definite plus.

The medieval fortress of Bolton Castle built in 1336 is less than 1/2 a mile away and the world famous Aysgarth Falls are 3 miles walk across the fields or 5 minutes by car.

For train enthusiasts The Wensleydale Railway runs from Redmire to Leyburn and on to Leeming Bar. The Forbidden Corner folly garden is an excellent day out on your way to Middleham - the Newmarket of the north, The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakston’s Brewery at Masham, and The National Trust’s Fountains Abbey.

Other local attractions include the Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes - the home of true Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese, the White Scar Caves at Ingleton passing The Three Peaks and Ribblehead Viaduct on the way. You can then go to the delightful town of Kirkby Lonsdale and return via the pretty Dales village of Dent.

There is a Castle at the old town of Richmond, also a tiny Georgian Theatre and The Green Howard’s Regimental Museum. There are gardens Constable Burton and an arboretum with birds of prey and mammals at Thorp Perrow.

The market town of Leyburn which is 5 minutes away boasts more than just a picture postcard location. Home to the annual Dales Festival of Food and Drink, Leyburn’s outdoor markets and speciality stores has turned the town into a haven for foodies. 

Away from the towns is peace and tranquility and it’s possible not to meet another person for miles.