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Hawes is a small town on the River Ure in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
A traditional Yorkshire town, there is a great deal to enjoy among the sturdy stone buildings. Note in particular the fast moving river, that is crossed by an old stone bridge next to a small waterfall
It also has a good range of facilities for visitors including antique and gift shops, pubs and cafes - and the chance to buy the local speciality, wensleydale cheese.Hawes has its weekly market (as it has since 1699) on a Tuesday - this is the liveliest and most interesting time to visit the town.
Within the town itself you can visit the Dales Countryside Museum, run by the National Park authority and located in the disused Hawes Railway Station.
Places to see and visit near Hawes
The position of Hawes, at the head of the popular walking region of Wensleydale and below Great Shunner Fell, the third highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, ensure its continued popularity with visitors exploring the scenic countryside in this part of the Yorkshire Dales. Particular local natural attractions include:
- Hardraw Force, a waterfall with a 30 metre drop reached through the Green Dragon pub at Hardraw
- Buttertubs Pass, a scenic road through the Dales that passes deep natural holes in the rock
- Aysgarth Falls, a series of three waterfalls cascading along the rocky valley of the River Ure near Aysgarth village
Hawes also falls on the long distance walk, the Pennine Way
Map of Hawes and places to visit
Hawes places to visit
See more places nearby in the North Yorkshire guide