Location: Hawes Yorkshire Dales
On June 29th we will be visiting and hiking around Hawes which is the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This town will be part of stage one of the Tour de France on Saturday July 5th. Hawes is also famous for producing “real” Wenslaydale cheese.
Hawes is a small market town and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire. Hawes is located at the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, the River Ure runs to the north of the town and is regarded as the “honeypot”of tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
- The name Hawes came from the Old Norse word hals which means “neck” or “pass between mountains”.
- In 1699 the town was granted a charter by King William III to hold markets, with this it allowed the town to hold a market every Tuesday and to have two fairs a year.
- In 1878 the Hawes Midland railway station opened up, this station was originally for freight transport but later was opened up for transportation for the public
- The railroad station was closed in 1954 but left open to transport the public until 1959
The Current town of Hawes
- The Wensleydale Creamery is located in Hawes that was made famous by Wallace and Grommit
- The Gayle Mill which is a heritage attraction and was featured on BBC’s restoration program
- The old railway station has been turned into a park center and in that park is the Dales Countryside museum
- The museum is the home to the magnificent collection of Dales artifacts by two great Dales historians and writers: Marie Hartley and Joan Igilby
- Hawes in the center of some outstanding hiking areas
- This includes Pennine Way which crosses the high fells of Ribblesdale
- There are many other incredible places to hike throughout Hawes and the Yorkshire Dales
- Hartley published 40 books on the Yorkshire Dales social history
- Starting in 1951 she co-wrote with Joan Igilby up until she passed away in 2000
- They traveled all around the Dales discovering artifacts and all of the heritages of the little towns
- Both Hartley and Igilby single handily preserved the social history of the Yorkshire Dales
- They spent 75 years collecting artifacts from traditions around the Dales
- They collected all of her information from stories to artifacts and even written material
- They then donated all of her findings to what is now the Dales Countryside Museum in the 1970’s
- Igilby and Hartley formed a friends organization to act as fundraisers for the museum
- Hartley passed away at 100 years old in May of 2005