13 October 2020

Hawes


Hawes is a market town in North Yorkshire and is at the heart of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. Market day is also on a Tuesday and dates back to 1307. We spent the second night of our trip in Hawes.

Just a short walk up the road from Hawes is the little hamlet of Gayle where there is a water powered mill, Gayle Mill, built in 1784. Unfortunately, the mill was closed when we visited but it’s a lovely place to wander round and the start of a walk to Aysgill Force which will be in the next post.


Hawes is a major producer of Wensleydale cheese and home of the Wensleydale Creamery. The admission cost into the factory was reduced because, due to Covid, there weren’t any cheese making demonstrations or tasting allowed to take place. Instead, we watched a video that showed how Wensleydale is made in a relatively simple process and got to look inside the factory. There is a cafĂ© and restaurant on site and so we stopped here for a tea and scone and made sure to buy some Wensleydale cheese to take home. The weather had come out lovely and so we were able to sit outside surrounded by the views of the Dales.


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