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Accessible Hawes, North Yorkshire


Hawes is a market town found at the head of Wensleydale, famous for its Wensleydale creamery. Located in Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, the town covers a large area of moorland on Dodd Fell, Snays Fell, Stags Fell and Widdale Fell and includes the River Ure and Gayle Beck. There are many abandoned lead mines, quarries and limekilns in the area highlighting its industrial past.

In the town:

Market day is on Tuesday and the town comes alive with visitors and shoppers.

Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes tells the story of the Yorkshire Dales and about the life of the people who have lived and worked in the Dales and their contribution in shaping the landscape for thousands of years

The Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes is home to the famous crumbly Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. The visitor centre, shop and cafe are wheelchair accessible.

A Hawes town Walk

Film Courtesy of The Outdoor Guide

Access to the Shops

  • Bear Cottage – Ground level access

  • Rhodes Pet & Wildlife Supplies – Ground level access

  • Toy Clothes Gifts – Ground level access

  • Elijah Allen & Son – Small uneven step at entrance

  • Cunninghams – Ground level access

  • The Old Sweet Shop – Ground level access

  • Spar – Ground level access

  • Forever growing – Ground level access

Places to eat and drink

  • 1668 restaurant – Ground level access, outside seating, narrow corridors inside

  • The Crown – Ground level access.

  • The Fountain – step up onto pavement - Ground level access, Narrow entrance, wide open area inside

  • The Folly – ramp access, standard toilet .

  • Cafe Curva – 2 entrances: one with flat access / one with small step. Wide bathroom with standard toilet is accessible using step entrance only.

  • Laburnum House - Tea Room Bed & Breakfast – Disabled toilet in Tea Room

  • White Hart Inn – Ground level access, accessible toilet is available

Places with disabled bathrooms:

  • Public Toilet requiring radar key located on Market place road close to “The Chippie”

  • Dales Countryside Museum Disabled Toilet located in the car park close to the site entrance

  • Inside the Dales Museum is a Changing Place facility.

  • Laburnum House - Tea Room Bed & Breakfast – Disabled Toilet in Tea Room (a bit tight)

  • Wensleydale Creamery - accessible toilets

Please note these places have a ground floor bathroom only

  • 1668 restaurant – Ground level access - Standard toilet

  • Cafe Curva – Wide bathroom – Standard Toilet

  • Whiteheart Inn - Ground level access - Standard toilet

  • The Crown – Ground level access - Standard toilet

Places to park:

  • Gayle Lane Car Park

  • Wensleydale Creamery – Disabled bays/ time restricted

Close By

Aysgarth falls are located 9 miles east of Hawes along the A684, half way between Hawes and Leyburn. Viewing platforms having been installed for visitors with limited mobility to see the spectacular middle walks. Enjoy a steady walk to the Upper Falls. A perfect stop for a picnic. For those who want to stretch the legs, enjoy the circular stile free walk. This walk is stile free but not yet suitable for mobility scooters.

From Hawes take the main road - the A684 - towards Sedbergh. After crossing the River Ure on a narrow bridge you will shortly find a lay-by on the right. A path leads from here to the waterfall. The is the Yorkshire Dales most accessible waterfall.

Home of England`s largest single drop waterfall, a reputed 100 foot drop and is set within the grounds of the historic Green Dragon Inn.

Places to Stay, with accessible facilities


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