Hawes Wensleydale

Cheese Type Hard
Vegetarian No
Out Of Stock


  • About Hawes Wensleydale

    Our cloth bandaged Wensleydale is a lovingly handcrafted buttery, creamy-textured cheese, with a natural rind. A cheese celebrating the father of Wensleydale cheese ‘Kit Calvert’, who helped to save the Wensleydale Creamery from closure in 1935.

Flavour notes:

A  buttery, creamy texture with a natural rind, softer and less acidic with more complexity than the commercial alternative.

About Our Supplier

The Wensleydale Creamery is situated in the market town of Hawes in Wensleydale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Cheese making in the area started in 1150, when the french cistercian monks settled there. The recipe was then passed onto farmers wives with the dissolution of the monasteries (1536-1540), during the reign of Henry VIII. In 1897 the first creamery was built when Edward Chapman began to purchase milk to make Wensleydale cheese on a larger scale. Tough trading in the 1930’s saw Kit Calvert gather support to save the creamery from closure in 1935. Then in 1966 Kit sold to the Milk Marketing Board and then it passed onto Dairy Crest in 1979. Dairy Crest closed the creamery in 1979 with the loss of 59 jobs, but within six months four Ex-managers and a local businessman completed a management buyout employing eleven Ex-employee’s to start making Wensleydale cheese again. In December 2013, Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese achieved European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Today the Wensleydale Creamery continues to handcraft Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese to a time honoured recipe using local milk.

Additional Information

All our products come directly from our shop based in the small village of Cartmel, just outside the Lake District national park. Our shop is temperature controlled between 12-14 degrees to allow maturation of all of our cheeses.

Every single cheese on this website has been hand-picked and tasted by our in-house cheese experts to ensure that they are truly special – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Please note: From Saturday 4th July we will be returning to our normal delivery service.  
Please ensure your order is placed before mid-day for next day delivery.
Your continued custom is appreciated.