Outhwaite Ropemakers

K n o t     t o     b e     m i s s e d     s i n c e     1905


We are a long-established family firm of rope and braid makers based in Hawes in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside. We manufacture and supply a wide range of ropes, including personalised stair and bannister ropes, barrier rope systems, dog leads and halters as well as mass produced braided rope to markets all around the world

During your time at the rope works we encourage you to find out as much about us and rope making as possible. Each of the above pages can be accessed at any time around the building via a QR code that you can scan as you pass, this allows you to guide yourself around our factory. To conclude your visit there is a short video presentation near the exit.

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Plan your visit : Free admission & wheelchair accessible

See how the twist is put in...

Bannister Rope Making

Watch us finish our bannister ropes


Stair Ropes and Bannister Ropes are an attractive interior design feature for the wall side of your stairs. They provide an extra handrail on the staircase for the elderly and very young too.


Barrier Rope Making

See our barrier rope systems 


Our barrier rope customers include stately homes, galleries, museums, leading retail chains, airports, banks, building societies, shop fitters, exhibitions and many others

Visit our braiding room

See our machine rooms!


On our British built braiding machines we can produce braids suitable for dog leads, pull cords and rescue lines in a range of colours, materials and diameters.

See the long ropewalk

Traditional ropewalk preserved at Hawes

On our ropewalk we twist ropes for barrier and bannister ropes, cattle halters and dog leads. 

Group bookings



These, if required, last approximately an hour and include:

  • Watching ropes made by the traditional method.
  • Viewing the ropeworks video.
  • A tour of the factory and shop