As Wallace says in A Grand Day Out, “Gromit, that’s it! Cheese! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!”
As loyal Wallace & Gromit fans (especially the kids), we couldn’t pass up a pilgrimage to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. Hawes is a short jaunt from Settle — a few stops up the line to the Garsdale station, followed by a lovely bus ride into town. At the recommendation of our bus driver, we started out with a tour of the local museum. It had some great exhibits on life in the dales, and a variety of kid-friendly activities.
Next was the obligatory stop at the nearby playground.
Then we wandered towards the center of town looking for a lunch spot. Hawes is a quaint little place, where one is still at risk of being run down by a tractor on the high street.
The local parish church, on the hill overlooking the village:
The Wensleydale Creamery is just on the outskirts of town, and has a lovely view of the surrounding valley. There’s a cafeteria and gift shop, and on most days you can watch the cheese-making operation. Not on the day we visited though, so we contented ourselves with some cheeses and Wallace & Gromit paraphernalia. (Sadly, we forgot the cheese in the fridge at our apartment when we headed back to Whitstable!)
At the end of our afternoon we walked back to town to wait in a pub for our bus driver. (It was a small community bus service, and we’d scheduled a trip to the train station just for us.) He got us to the station in plenty of time to catch our train, and we were back to Settle in time for dinner.
“Smashing!”, as Wallace says.