Hawes is a bustling market town which is home to the Wensleydale Creamery and the Dales Countryside Museum. This thriving town has several craft workshops, antiques and other speciality shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.
Wensleydale Creamery – the home of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Handcrafted Cheese. The visitors centre is open 7 days a week where you can discover the history and heritage of Wensleydale Cheese.
Dales Countryside Museum – discover the historic story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.
Hawes Ropemaker – Traditional ropemaking where all kinds of ropes and braids have been made for more than two hundred years.
Leyburn is a traditional market town which hosts a market every Friday with local traders setting up stalls including fruit and veg, fish, cheese and a wide variety of other goods, with farmers flocking to the town for the weekly livestock auctions. It’s also the closest town to West Burton, and an ideal resource just 10 minutes drive away.
Leyburn hosts the Wensleydale Country Market every second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Methodist church hall from April to December between 10am and 12.30pm. This market offers visitors a chance to browse stalls selling home cooked foods, crafts and preserves.
The Farmers’ Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month between 8.30am and 2pm. This market has a fantastic mouth-watering array of the highest quality foods from local producers and a range of other stalls.
Leyburn has one of the highest market places in England with breath-taking views of the Yorkshire Dales from the Shawl. Legend has it that Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Castle Bolton, where she was imprisoned, and headed for sanctuary in Leyburn. Mary Queen of Scots dropped her ‘Shawl’ along the way, which gave her destination up and she was recaptured, since then this footpath is known as The Shawl. The Shawl is believed to have been laid out as a place of promenade in 1841, a typical Victorian Sunday afternoon attraction.
The Shawl stretches for a mile and three quarters from Leyburn along the escarpment with some of the best panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales, with rolling Wensleydale and the Coverdale Fells. The Shawl provides an easy going stroll along the grassy path which is popular with dog walkers and visitors resting on the many benches to appreciate the impressive view of Penhill across the dale. If you walk a little further you can make this walk into a circular walk which can be five or seven miles.
For the more adventurous walkers you can also walk to Castle Bolton and Asygarth Falls from the Shawl. There is further information on the history of the Shawl and Leyburn on the information board near the bus stops in the Market Place and further information board is on the Shawl itself.
As well as the markets held in Leyburn, Leyburn also plays hosts to a number of family-owned independent shops and a couple of branches of regional shops. You will find supermarkerts, bakers, hardware, gifts, furniture, fashion, outdoor wear, lingerie, jewellery, art, electrical, floristry and more.