Hawes is a small market town and civil parish in Upper Wensleydale in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England, that was approved its publicize charter in 1699. Historically in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Hawes is located at the head of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales; the River Ure runs to the north of the town and is regarded as one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is known as the house to the Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.
The population in 2011 was 887; the estimated population in 2016 was 893.
The parish of Hawes plus includes the neighbouring hamlet of Gayle. The population of the full parish was 1,137 in 2011 and was estimated at 1,138 in 2016. Hawes is 31.2 miles (50.2 km) west of the county town of Northallerton. The Wensleydale Creamery is a major producer of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.
Described by Reader’s Digest as The Village That Refused to Die, Hawes has a completely active non-profit community intervention that seeks funding and uses the allowance to re-open save community amenities that were closing.