Wensleydale is the dale of the River Ure on the eastern side of the Pennines.

It is one of only a few Yorkshire Dales not named after its principal river. The dale takes its name from the village of Wensley, once the market town for the dale.

The valley is famous for its cheese, with the main commercial production at Hawes. Also famous are its ales from Theakston Brewery and Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. A beauty spot in the dale is the picturesque Aysgarth Falls.