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Camping near Hawes

Between the Yorkshire Dales peaks of Buttertubs and Fleet Moss, the village of Hawes derives its name from an old word for 'pass between mountains'. Today, while the looming hills around and the enticing footpaths are an obvious draw for campers, it is also better known as the home of the Wensleydale Creamery, the original makers of Wensleydale cheese. So, whether you're here for the hills or to try cheese fresh from the creamery (or regular Tuesday market), you'll be well placed to find a good campsite nearby, with our hand-picked collection of the very best Hawes campsites.

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Camping and glamping in Hawes

For a genuine taste of traditional Yorkshire, you can't do much better than a visit to Hawes. It's England's highest market town and with the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park all around, camping and glamping in Hawes are the best ways to stay. The village of Hawes makes a convenient base for any stay in the Dales as it's got plenty of places to pick up camping supplies and souvenirs, including the Wensleydale cheese for which the area is famous. Its also got museums and visitor centres that not only help tell the story of this part of the world but also provide rainy-day activities for when the sun doesn't shine. We've looked up on the fells and down in the dales, along riversides, in woodlands and all around the villages to find the best camping and glamping in Hawes and the rest of the Yorkshire Dales. There are classic campsites on farms and luxury glamping sites where you can stay in cosy cabins, super-sized shepherd huts or well kitted-out yurts.

Things to do in Hawes

The Hawes National Park Visitor Centre is a good place to start whether you want to head out for a walk or to find out about the attractions in this part of the park. If it's the former you're after, you won't have to look far. At 840-square-miles, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is criss-crossed with walking routes along rivers, through wildflower meadows, woodland and the moorland that covers the high fells. With limestone outcrops and deep underground caves it's also a magnet for climbers and cavers and the visitor centre offers information for explorers of all sorts. You're also in the right place for a little history lesson on the Dales and countryside living as the visitor centre is based in the Dales Countryside Museum. Hawes' most famous export has given rise to its most famous attraction; the Wensleydale Creamery where you can buy, taste and learn a little about cheese and the cheese-making process. Perhaps less well known is Hawes' history of ropemaking but thanks to the Hawes Ropemakers you can find out about that too during a visit to the town. A little further afield you can visit Hawdraw Force waterfall, said to be England's highest single-drop waterfall, or Asygarth Falls. Hawes is well situated in the heart of the national park so wherever you want to visit within the Dales should not be too hard to reach during your camping or glamping holiday here.


In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the pretty village of Hawes – the home of Wensleydale cheese – is the ideal base for hiking, biking and camping holidays in the North Yorkshire national park. Find the best campsites near Hawes here.

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