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Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival set to tickle taste buds

Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival set to tickle taste buds

Published at 9:45am 19th September 2017. (Updated at 1:04pm 19th September 2017)

Organisers of the first Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival say it's going to be "a cracker".

The event, which kicks off at Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes on Saturday 23 September, will feature tastings, cheese-making and cookery demonstrations.

Other highlights in the week-long programme include a 50-mile 'Meet the Makers' cycle ride from Wensleydale to Jervaulx Abbey near Ripon, before returning through Coverdale with a number of sampling stops along the way.

Meanwhile, walkers can stride out on one of the milk and cheese guided walks, combining visits to Wensleydale Creamery, farms and the Dales Countryside Museum to glean more about the area's rich dairy heritage.

Runners can sign up to the four-mile off-road Truckle Run at Askrigg Camping or take on the Yorkshire Dales Team Building's challenge of climbing at Twistleton Scar near Hawes in the morning, before spending an afternoon canoeing on Semerwater, interspersed with a ploughman's cheese picnic lunch.

Food lovers can sample an array of locally-produced cheese, bread, oatcakes, meat, foraged food and preserves throughout the week, whilst restaurants, farm shops and cafés from Malham to Sedbergh and Hawes to Ripon pull out the stops to lay on wine and cheese parties and special celebratory dining menus.

The week culminates with a celebration of local game at Bolton Castle on Saturday 30 September.

Kids can enjoy the action too, with visits to the new Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience or getting creative with craft activities such as making a cheese label.

They can also spend a day in the woods at the Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre, listening to stories whilst eating cheese and foraged woodland goodies sitting around a campfire.

You can see the full programme at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk