River Ure, Wensleydale
The Ure breaks its banks after heavy rain and snow in Wensleydale.
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OS Landranger map sheet 98

Wensleydale is the valley of the river Ure and is one of only a few that are not named after its principal river. However the old name of Yoredale cab still be seen on some maps. Of noteworthy historical value is Castle Bolton which lies in the village of Castle Bolton . Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here and as the story goes she escaped and made her way towards the town of Leyburn and lost her Shawl along the way hence the name 'The Shawl' of the cliff edge that runs westward out of Leyburn and offer lots of easy walks with fantastic views.

Wensleydale is probably the best known of all the dales because of its cheese production in the village of Hawes. You can now visit the creamery and watch the master cheese makers making Wensleydale in a traditional way by hand.

Hawes is the highest market town in England and was first recorded in 1307, Hawes is also famous for its rope making. Why not come and take a look at rope making at Outhwaites rope makers and watch how ropes are manufactured in a traditional way. There  has been making rope in and around Hawes since 1725, manufacturing church bell ropes, bar ropes and banister Ropes. You can treat your dog to a new lead also made on site. The nearby Hardraw Force once painted by J.M.W. Turner is a wonderful site.  Askrigg is famous for its part in the All Creatures Great And Small story of the Yorkshire Dales Vet James Herriot.

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