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Lower Wensleydale

In Lower Wensleydale the countryside becomes more pastoral than it is higher up, with gently rolling fields, woodland and picturesque villages. The areas within and surrounding the market towns of Masham and Bedale are home to a wide variety of food and drink producers. There are high quality arts and crafts people who you can watch at work, or join them on a workshop to learn a new skill and produce your own gift.

So much to do!

Visitors are spoilt for choice in Lower Wensleydale. Among the highlights are tours of the Black Sheep or Theakstons breweries; arts and crafts experiences at Artison in Masham; exploring the romantic grounds and ruins of Fountains Abbey or enjoying a quiet walk around the restored Hackfall Woods

Ripon and roller coasters

Further downstream is the cathedral city of Ripon, one of the oldest cities in Britain, with its quaint medieval streets and quirky heritage attractions.  For a completely different experience you can head to Lightwater Valley; a great little theme park with the longest roller coaster in Europe.

Visit Masham

Where to stay and what to do in Masham ...

Visit Ripon

Discover the delights of Ripon

Hackfall Woods

Walk this beautiful wilderness created by John Aislabie

Fountains Abbey

Discover the stunning World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal