Days out in Yorkshire: Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

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Wallace and Gromit have given it their seal of approval and it’s easy to see why.

Wensleydale Cheese is very much part of Yorkshire’s DNA and a trip to see where it comes from is a must.

Thousands of visitors flock every year to the Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

In 2011, around £800,000 was pumped into its Visitor Centre where cheese-lovers can learn the story of Wensleydale Cheese and watch the cheese-makers in action.

Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese has always been made by hand but if you want to see that actually happen it’s worth checking before setting off as it’s not made every day.

But go with an appetite as there’s sumptuous food aplenty in the onsite restaurant, cafe and cheese shop.

Enjoy a Yorkshire brew and slice of fabulous famous Wensleydale and Ginger Cheesecake in the 1897 Coffee Shop.

There’s also Calvert’s Restaurant, named after Kit Calvert, who rescued the Wensleydale Creamery from closure in the 1930s – and both spots look out on glorious Dales scenery.

It’s pretty fascinating to see how far Wensleydale Cheese has come since starting life in the 12th Century.

It was created by a group of Cistercian monks who perfected the art over time. It then found itself in the hands of farmers’ wives and in 1897 the first creamery was built in Hawes. Wensleydale cheese-making then began on a large scale.

Fast forward to 1996 when sales of the cheese rocketed, thanks to the Wallace & Gromit film “A Close Shave”.

Then in 2005, there was a further 23 per cent jump in sales after the release of the “Curse of the Were-Rabbit”.

You can walk off lunch just 15 minutes away at the spectacular Aysgarth Falls.

For more information and deals on great days out see www.yorkshire.com

FACTFILE

Museum admission £2.50 adult, £1.50 child, Under 5s free, family ticket £7.50 (2 adults, 2 children). Cheese isn’t made every day so please check.

Cheese shop & gift shop open Mon-Sun, 9am to 5pm. Cafe, restaurant, cheese-making viewing gallery & museum times vary. See website for details.

Wensleydale Creamery, Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale, N Yorks, DL8 3RN. Tel: 01969 667664.

Car Parking: On site.

www.wensleydale.co.uk.

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