Places to visit in Hardraw & Hawes

A scenic, flat walk from Hardraw across a limestone slabbed footpath (part of the Pennine Way) will bring you to the market town of Hawes where further attractions, pubs and restaurants can be found.

Focus on Felt

Focus on Felt A felt studio/gallery just across the road from the bunkhouse where Andrea, the artist, can often be seen working. Pop in for a unique felt card/gift as a reminder of your stay in Hardraw.

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Wensleydale Creamery

The Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre is an extraordinary place to visit, full of history, heritage, and heaps of Wensleydale cheese-fuelled fun!

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Gayle Mill

Gayle Mill is a restored 19th century state-of-the-art sawmill, complete with Victorian machinery driven by water-powered turbines. It is run by the voluntary organisation Gayle Mill Trust and supported by the Friends of Gayle Mill. Gayle Mill Trust has four main areas of responsibility; running the Mill as a historic visitor attraction, providing commercial wood services, electricity generation and heritage education and training.

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Dales Countryside Museum

The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes shares the stories of the people and places of the Yorkshire Dales. Climb aboard our static train and find out how family life has changed in the Dales. Take a walk down the 'lead mine' and discover how the industries of the Dales, together with farming, have helped to shape this treasured landscape.

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Rope Factory

Recent expansion has seen the Ropeworks grow to over 10,000 square feet and it attracts thousands of visitors every year, who come to watch traditional ropemaking in progress. Part of the fascination of watching ropes being made is the satisfaction of seeing the complete process, in which many thin strands of yarn are rapidly twisted into a strong rope. and to enjoy the facilities on offer, including a well-stocked shop full of gift ideas.

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Slower travel in Hardraw

Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse is easily accessible by car (See Find Us) however we hope that you will have time to explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and local attractions by foot, cycle, bus or steam train.

By foot, the Pennine Way is adjacent to the bunkhouse and all attractions on this page are easily accessible by foot.

We have a cycle storage area and bike washing facilities on site and can help with route planning if required.

Garsdale railway station on the Settle - Carlisle railway is only 8 miles away and can be accessed easily using the Little White Bus service that stops outside the bunkhouse and connects with most rail services.

The Wensleydale Railway

The Wensleydale Railway is 40 miles long and was built during the 19th century to connect the East Coast Mainline at Northallerton and the Settle-Carlisle Railway at Garsdale—formerly known as Hawes Junction. It was finally closed to the public in the 1960s.

It has now been re-opened from Redmire to Leeming Bar. In the future it is hoped that the Redmire to Garsdale section will be reopened through Hawes.

When passenger services ended in the latter part of the 20th century the 18 miles of track between Redmire and Garsdale was dismantled and the land was sold. The route between Redmire and Garsdale is still visible today—some of it now used as a footpath.

The line between Leeming Bar and Redmire was reopened in the summer of 2003 with the help of the Ministry of Defence and the Wensleydale Railway Association.

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