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22/02/23

The Hamlet of Hardrow in Upper Wensleydale

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If you’re just visiting or are staying in Hawes in Upper Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales then do go and have a little wander round Hardrow to the north of Hawes. You can walk from Hawes, a lovely walk or go in your vehicle, street parking, or if feeling really intrepid the Little White Bus will take you that way! A linear village with few cottages and houses, again the question is it a village or a hamlet, but non the less full of things to explore.

Just looking on Wikipedia it is termed a hamlet, so be it. If walking on the Pennine Way you’ll pass through Hardrow, one suggested route here from our blog. Have a peep in the very pretty church, St Mary and St John, quote from Wikipedia ‘Hardrow Church, dedicated in honour of St Mary and St John, was rebuilt by the Earl of Wharncliffe between 1879 and 1881. It is Grade II listed. It doubles as Darrowby Church in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small.’ A must visit is to walk to Hardrow Force, pay at the Green Dragon to enter the waterfall area. Hardrow Force is the longest free falling waterfall with a thirty metre drop. Beloved of Turner and Worsdworth and also used in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Seems like there has been, and still is, great excitement over the years for such a small place!

Every second weekend in September the Hardrow Brass Band Competition is held in the amphitheatre below Hardrow Force an area which has been eroded and formed by Hardrow Beck over millennia.  If you’re here don’t miss, it’s a wonderful occasion, take a picnic etc and settle down for some wonderful music in an amazing setting.

Do have a look in Andrea Hunter’s studio on the west of hamlet. Here you’ll find beautiful felt work by Andrea. Andrea takes inspiration from the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

The Cart House café, again on the west side of the village, is also worth visit when you’re ready for a ‘cuppa’!

If you’d like to stay nearby we have lovely Burnside View in Hawes which sleeps up to four people with own dedicated parking. Call me Nadine or my daughter Joanne to book over the telephone and for friendly help and advice on 01969 663559 but do book online if you prefer.

Looking forward to hearing from you quite soon!



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Written By Nadine Bell

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