Hawes is a small market town at the head of Wensleydale in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire. The River Ure runs through the town and the hill of Great Shunner Fell stands over it.

The town is famous as being the home of Wensleydale cheese, which is produced at the Wensleydale Creamery. The creamery has a Visitor Centre incorporating a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant.

Another local attractions is the Dales Countryside Museum, based in the old Hawes Railway Station.

Hardraw Force, England's highest single-drop waterfall, is nearby. Also nearby is the Buttertubs Pass which links Wensleydale to Swaledale. Further down the dale are Aysgarth Falls.

Hawes is on the route of the Pennine Way, and is at the centre of superb walking country.

OS grid reference SD 875 895


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