The small Wensleydale town is about 17 miles by road west of
The Dales Countryside Museum is situated in Hawes and tells how the landscape and people of the Yorkshire Dales have evolved over thousands of years. The museum incorporates the former Hawes railway station and an old train is preserved at the platform. A Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre is also housed at the museum.
Hawes merges at its southern edge with the small village of
Just over a mile north of the town is Hardraw Force, a visitor attraction which claims fame as "England's highest single-drop waterfall". It was used in scenes from the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. There is now also a Heritage Centre in the grounds of the falls.
Hawes is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Hawes is on the Pennine Way long-distance trail.
The town is on the River Ure.
Hawes has an indoor and an outdoor market Tuesday is market day Craft fairs held on many dates from March - October.
Hawes has a good range of independent shops. Hawes offers bakery goods, butchers, antiques, books, clothes, crafts, gifts, jewellery and other goods.
The town has a Post Office branch.
Hawes has a building society branch.
The town has a pharmacy.
Hawes has a choice of pubs.
Cafe and pub food is available in Hawes.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, sandwiches.
The town has a community library.
Hawes has a museum - Dales Countryside Museum.
Hawes has a preserved train station.
Hawes has a community centre.
There are public toilets in the town(20p entry)
Hawes has a school.
Place of worship: Anglican. (Methodist Church is in nearby Gayle).
Hawes has tourist information.
Places to stay in Hawes include guest house, inn, hostel accommodation.
Hawes was formerly in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Bus travelThe town has a bus service.
Road travelHawes can be reached via the A684 B6255
Hawes has a filling station The town has England's first community-run filling station.
Places to visit
Bolton CastleCastle Bolton, near Redmire, North Yorkshire
One of Britain's best-preserved medieval castles was built as one of the finest homes in the land and is still in the ownership of a descendant of the castle's original owner. With a commanding view over Wensleydale, the castle is situated near Redmire, about 5 miles west of
More information at the
Bolton Castle website.
Find on map:
The Wensleydale Railway
A railway service into the Yorkshire Dales running from Leeming Bar, near the A1(M) towards Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire, at the edge of the
Further information at the
Aysgarth Falls have been a much-visited Wensleydale beauty spot and a tourist attraction for more then two centuries. The River Ure falls down a series of rocky steps near to the village of
Hardraw ForceHardraw, near Hawes
Situated about a mile north of
Details can be found on the
Dales Countryside MuseumStation Yard, Burtersett Road, Hawes
The Dales Countryside Museum is located at the former Victorian station in
Find out more at the
Yorkshire Dales National ParkThe western half of Richmondshire is all within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Emergency servicesNorth Yorkshire Police
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilHawes and High Abbotside Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Richmondshire District Council
Richmondshire district council is one of the seven large district authorities within the county of North Yorkshire. It covers 509 square miles of the mainly rural area of the north west of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre in
Much of the district is within the
Up to 2019 the council was made up of 34 councillors representing 24 wards, each electing between 1 and 3 councillors. After Boundary Commission review the number of seats from the 2019 election is down from 34 to 24. Councillors are now elected across 16 wards: 1 with three councillors, 6 with two councillors and 9 with one councillor. The whole council is elected every four years.
There are also 54 Parish or Town Councils and 26 Parish Meetings within the Richmondshire district.
Richmondshire District Council website.
The political composition of the council after the May 2019 election was:
County authorityNorth Yorkshire County Council
Includes Richmondshire and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
Police and Crime CommissionerPolice and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and City of York.
Fire AuthorityThe North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was previously governed by the North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority made up of elected members from across the broad areas of North Yorkshire and City of York councils which it serves. Following a ministerial announcement in June 2018 the governance of the fire service was transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire from 15 November 2018.
Further information at the