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55. The Town of Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire

 

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Things to do and see in Hawes

The Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Hawes

The Cafe and the Dales Countryside Museum partly use the old Hawes station buildings.

 

By the museum is a reminder of the days when steam trains passed through Hawes station. The locomotive is an ex industrial locomotive, but the number 67345 is 'false' because it was never a British Railways locomotive.

 

The foyer of the Dales Countryside Museum. Straight ahead is the art gallery and most of the museum rooms are on the right.

 

This interesting museum is managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present. The many displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day. Themes and artefacts that illustrate life in the Dales include: school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries.
 

The Museum itself is housed in the converted Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the Park. The museum is designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and a wheelchair can be borrowed on site. The Museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits and object handling sessions can be arranged for pre-booked groups. The Hawes National Park Centre, a networked tourist information centre can also be found in the same building as the Museum. There is a shop and Research Area in the centre. The Museum is free for children and also offers a range of educational activities and a selection of events, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions also run throughout the year.

 

The art gallery of the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes

 

The cafe and gift shop of the Dales Countryside Museum.

 

 

The Rope works - The Ropemakers in Hawes, which just across the yard from the Dales Countryside Museum.

You can watch these famous ropes being made for a multitude of uses.

 

The River Ure rises in the hills above Hawes in Wensleydale and flows for 45 miles to join the equally lovely the River Swale at Boroughbridge. The River Ure is unique among the main Yorkshire Dales rivers because it does not share its name with the dale through which it flows.  The houses in Hawes are mainly 'solid' grey stone but not unattractive. The streets of Hawes are very busy in the summer with many tourists stopping for the tourist attractions are passing through deeper into the Yorkshire Dales national Park.

 

Herriot's Art Gallery in Hawes, winding your up past the White Hart Inn to the Parish Church.

 

St Margaret's Parish Church in Hawes is quite an imposing Victorian church built in the 1850s to a traditional English design to replace an old chapel of ease.

 

Looking east down the nave of St Margarets' into the chancel and altar area, above is an attractive stained glass east window.

 

Right: The east window.

Left: The attractive and 'informative' Millenium Window depicting the history of Hawes over the past 900 years.

 

Details of the Millenium Window.

 

The Crown pub and the White Hart Inn in Hawes.

 

The Laburnum House Tea room in Hawes, home cooking and afternoon teas a speciality.

 

Immortalised through Wallace and Gromit animation film, the Wensleydale Creamery is where the real cheese comes from. Cheese has been made in the dale since the 1150s when Cistercian monks started making it, before farmers took over after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.

You can tour the creamery and watch the cheese being made. There is sampling room, where, after tasting many varieties of Wensleydale cheese, you can purchase blocks of your favourites in the cheese shop. There is a gift shop, a good cafe and next to it is Calverts restaurant where you can feast on selected cheese dishes.

 

The Crown Hotel - Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Driving through the Yorkshire Dales beyond Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

The busy main street of Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Hawes, The Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, England: The Crown Hotel in Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire, England offers traditional pub grub, real ales and a beer garden that looks out over lovely Wensleydale. The extensive views add to the enjoyment of the refreshments! Hawes is a busy place but the driving and walking in the area is superb and there are lots of pubs and cafes in Hawes.

The drive to the village of Hawes is a most pleasant experience e.g. through Wensleydale, despite the bottlenecks of narrow street villages or towns like Hawes, but patience is rewarded by the ensuing surrounding grand scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.

 

The Yorkshire Dales from the car in Wensleydale  Hawes was not built for heavy traffic

The drive is a most pleasant experience e.g. through Wensleydale, despite the bottlenecks of narrow street villages or towns like Hawes, but patience is rewarded by the ensuing grand scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

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