Welcome to Hawes
Hawes is the beating heart of Wensleydale, a thriving and picturesque market town (market day is Tuesday) surrounded by rolling hills and hiking trails. It has several antique, art and craft shops, and the added attraction of its own waterfall in the village centre. On busy summer weekends, however, Hawes' narrow arteries can get seriously clogged with traffic. Leave the car in the parking area beside the national park centre at the eastern entrance to the village.
A mile northwest of Hawes, the pretty village of Hardraw has an even more impressive waterfall, a country church and an excellent old pub offering accommodation for those who prefer a quieter rural base.