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Yorkshire Dales scenic drive

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Yorkshire Dales scenic drive

We are travelling from York to the Lake District and would like to drive through the Yorkshire Dales rather than sticking to main roads. What about the road from Leyburn to Sedbergh, via Hawes? Are there any must-see villages or sights in the Dales?

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The road between Leyburn and Sedbergh is fairly good as long as you're not in too moch of a hurry, but who'd want to rush through this scenery!

Along your route you pass Aysgarth, the falls are well worth a look at. Between Aysgarth and Hawes you may consider a deviation through Askrigg which was the base for the filming of the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

Hawes is a delightful little town, one of my favourite places in fact, well worth stopping for an hour or so to check out the shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants plus Hardraw Force about half a mile away, a waterfall you can walk behind and of course the Wensleydale Creamery, the home of proper Wensleydale cheese, lots of interesting flavours here.

After leaving Hawes I would strongly recommend visiting Dent either by driving towards Ribblehead for about 6 miles then turning right or following the main road towards Sedbergh as far as Garsdale Head then turning left. To be honest there's not much there, two pubs,a church, a small museum and a shop, but once you're there just turn off the car, the stereo, the spouse and kids and just look and listen, it is an amazing atmosphere, well I think it is anyway and I keep going back.

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and stop for lunch at the Wensleydale heifer in West Witton. Also it is nice to call in at the Ropemakers in Hawes too and if time permits you could go to the Forbidden Corner -you need to book your time with them before you go.

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And you should take a drive through Masham too - great little yorkshire dales town with 2 great breweries - Black Sheep & Theakstons, and also a wonderful traditional sweet shop - www.bahhumbugs.com

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