On its 26 mile journey through the dale, the River Ure has shaped the history, landscape and culture of Wensleydale since the first settlers buily villages on stilts in Semer Water lake in 4000 BC. From the Iron age onwards farming communities settled in Wensleydale making use of the river water and the fertile floodplains.
Today the river underpins the success of a wide variety of businesses including the world-famous creamery in Hawes, breweries, beef and sheep agriculture and water mills. There are also loads of recreation opportunities on the river from visiting its waterfalls to riverside walks and some of the best fly fishing in the country. And that’s not to mention the fact that the River Ure is home to lots of fantastic and rare species including river lamprey, salmon, white clawed crayfish, salmon, wading birds, kingfishers and otters.