Discover the delightful Yorkshire Dales market town famous for Wensleydale Cheese
Taking its name from the Old Norse word hals; a 'pass between
mountains', the existence of the picturesque town of Hawes in North
Yorkshire is first recorded in the fifteenth century. Situated in
Wensleydale, the valley through which the River Ure runs, Hawes
benefits from a particularly beautiful setting and falls within the
boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The town received a royal charter at the end of the eighteenth century allowing it to hold a market each Tuesday. This tradition continues more than two centuries later and the town bustles each market days when visitors join locals from Hawes and its surrounding villages to enjoy the town's lively and colourful indoor and outdoor markets and livestock auctions.
Wensleydale is famous for its cheese which has been produced by the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes since 1897. The recipe was passed on to local farmers in the mid-twelfth century, when a group of Cistercian monks arrived from Roquefort, France, to establish a monastery in the area. Today, the creamery is a popular Hawes attraction at which visitors can see authentic Wensleydale cheese in production, learn about its history and, of course, sample it!
Surrounded by some of England's finest countryside Hawes, with its Victorian architecture, traditional craft shops and tea rooms, museums, colourful markets and natural attractions is a town that appeals to visitors of all ages.