The valley of the River Swale begins in the west close, to Nine Standards Rigg, the strange collection of nine stone cairns built on the ridge of the Yorkshire and Cumbria border and runs eastwards to the historic town of Richmond.

Although one of the more remote valleys, it has a wealth of villages and hamlets to visit and explore and is a great favourite with fell walkers.

Indeed, Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk passes along Swaledale, but for those who don't want to make that full journey, there is plenty of peace and beauty to be had here.

This is also James Herriot country and fans of TV's All Creatures Great and Small might well recognise nearby Arkengarthdale from the show's title shots. The valley was also formerly the centre of the local lead-mining industry.

Along Swaledale lie the villages of Muker, where a Bronze Age burial was discovered and Gunnerside, a centre for the traditional dry-stone walls and stone-built barns and houses that are such a distinctive feature of the Yorkshire Dales.

Reeth, known as the capital of Swaledale, is the starting point for many of the most popular Dales walks and has three pubs!

Running parallel with Swaledale, to the south, is Wensleydale and the two are joined by the dramatic Buttertubs Pass, a high moorland road that passes crags and waterfall as it leads from one dale to the other.

Arkle Barn ref: CC219026

Arkle Town near Reeth, Swaledale

£300-£709

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Arkle Barn
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Spacious and welcoming detached cottage in a countryside location
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York House ref: UK2183

Hudswell, near Richmond, Swaledale

£622-£1996

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Explore the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors whilst staying at York House - there’s room for all the family!
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Cuckoo Hill View ref: UK2268

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£401-£830

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Cuckoo Hill View is a contemporary stone cottage, immaculately presented, and is perfect as a romantic getaway or a holiday location for a small family.
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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£349-£579

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Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
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Stoneleigh ref: DC4934

Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

£366-£679

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Located in the heart of the Dales and within walking distance of the village pub and tea rooms.
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The Limekilns Annexe ref: UK2473

Barton, near Richmond, Swaledale

£421-£654

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Ideally located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, historic market towns and County Durham.
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Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£248-£630

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For that romantic break away this lovely cottage with original beams is ideal, close to Richmond and with footpaths from the door.
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Cowlings ref: DC3846

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£405-£746

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Superb cottage Grade II Listed cottage close to the village Reeth.
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West Cottage ref: CC219002

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£389-£999

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A Grade II listed, detached character cottage commanding spectacular views over Swaledale.
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Tetheran Cottage ref: 29357

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£340-£685

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Tucked in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with spectacular views and walking from the door.
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Meadow View ref: DC5263

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£350-£637

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This cosy cottage is an ideal retreat to return to from exploring The Dales.
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The Green ref: UK2488

Richmond, Swaledale

£418-£1172

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This is the perfect base to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park, historic Richmond on your doorstep and the Coast to Coast Walk to enjoy.
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Sweet Lassie Cottage ref: UK2541

Richmond, Swaledale

£277-£621

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Situated in the centre of Richmond with its cobbled market place, castle, museums and parks makes Sweet Lassie Cottage perfect for a break.
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Kissing Tree Cottage ref: UK2267

Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Swaledale

£332-£864

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Just 4 miles from the historic town of Richmond, surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside which is ideal for walking or cycling.
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The Arches ref: UK2474

Muker, near Hawes, Swaledale

£330-£970

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Nestled within the peace and tranquillity of the pretty village of Muker in Swaledale, perfect for families who enjoy walking and cycling in beautiful countryside.
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