Population: 1180 Grid Reference: SD873898 Co-ordinates: 54.304,-2.1964

Hawes is the main town in Wensleydale, home to the cheese that has been popularised by the Wallace and Gromit characters. Only the finest local cattle provide milk to the Wensleydale Creamery to produce Wensleydale Cheese, a delicacy that would have been lost if it were not for Nick Park's Oscar winning animation.

Entering Hawes
The highest market town in the country, Hawes contains some good outdoor and country wear shops. There are several pubs here together with a Spar Shop
To the north of the town a road runs through Buttertubs to Swaledale and nearby is Hardraw with it's high waterfall, Hardrwaw Force access to which is gained through the Green Dragon in for a small fee. The Green Dragon is now a popular live music venue with camping to the rear.

Main Street, Hawes

Worth a visit in Hawes is the Wensleydale Folk Museum, part of which is on a train at what used to be the railway station. Here you can see how people lived in the area from the Bronze and Iron Ages right up until the present day. There is a campaign to restore the rail link into Hawes.


Dales Countryside Museum,
Station Yard,
North Yorkshire,
DL11 3NT.

TEL: 01969 667450
FAX: 01969 667165


To the north-east of Hawes is the village of Hardraw. The Pennine Way runs through the village past the Old School House. Nearby is one of the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales, Hardraw Force, the highest above-ground single-drop waterfall in England. To access Hardraw Force you have to go through the Green Dragon Inn where a small fee is payable. A path takes you through scenic woodland and past a camping ground before you arrive at the huge natural ampitheatre which contains the waterfall. The acoustics of the ampitheatre has made it a place where an annual brass band competition is held on the second Sunday of every September. July sees the Hardraw Bash and a three day gathering of folk musicians. Regular live music is played in the Green Dragon.
The French tightrope walker, Charles Blondin once crossed Hardraw Force, and crossed Niagara Falls on the U.S.-Candian border a number of times.
Hardraw Scar once existed nearby, having being washed away during a great flood in the late 19th century.

Hardraw Force