Comfortably the widest and the most fertile of the Yorkshire Dales – although not part of the National Park – North Yorkshire’s Lower Wensleydale lies in the very centre of Britain, almost equi-distant from the sea, both east and west, north and south.
Within an hour’s drive from both the Durham and Tees Valley Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport, the area makes an ideal destination for travellers seeking a real taste of Yorkshire.
Easy to reach by road, the simplest route is west along the A684 from Bedale, leaving the A1 at Leeming Services and heading for Leyburn. However, the A6108 from Masham offers a more picturesque route, taking the motorist closer to the line of the river and passing close to the historic ruins of Jervaulx Abbey and on through the medieval town of Middleham.
Bus services also link Leyburn and Middleham with Settle and Hawes to the west, Bedale to the east, Leeds and Ripon to the south, and Darlington and Richmond to the north. For bus timetables click here.
Train services pulled by historic locomotives also run along the Wensleydale Railway, linking Leeming Bar with Redmire above Leyburn, although services are limited during the winter months.