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.

Copley House ref: IMJ

Langthwaite, nearr Reeth, Swaledale, Swaledale

£458-£909

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4 star rating
Copley House
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Close to Richmond, famous for its Norman castle and wide cobbled market place, and within easy reach of York for a day trip.
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£505

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3 star rating
Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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Clearwater ref: DC4808

Aldbrough St John near Richmond, Swaledale

£344-£614

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4 star rating
Situated in an idyllic location of a picturesque village with good pub.
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    1
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Barn Owl Cottage ref: DC2224

Easby near Richmond, Swaledale

£445-£715

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3 star rating
This cottage is located by picturesque riverside and is just a short distance away from Easby village.
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    2
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Barn End ref: DC4734

Marrick near Richmond, Swaledale

£291-£514

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3 star rating
Panoramic views of Swaledale countryside and close to the Coast to Coast footpath.
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    2
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    1
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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£448-£1087

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4 star rating
Once the village inn, Holme Garth displays many original features and lies just 5 miles from the market town of Richmond.
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Moorland Cottage ref: DC4568

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£364-£455

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3 star rating
A cosy cottage with original features just a short distance away from the village of Reeth.
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Castle View ref: IWP

Richmond, Swaledale, Swaledale

£583-£1300

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5 star rating
Commanding extensive views over historic Richmond to its castle, this holiday home is just 2 miles from The Yorkshire Dales National Park making for an enjoyable stay.
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£250-£572

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2 star rating
Pretoria Cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation with a multi fuel stove in the lounge promising a warm welcome.
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South Cottage ref: UK2004

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£438-£1064

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4 star rating
One of a group of similar properties, offering a good standard of accommodation for groups or families, ideally situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Penn Cottage ref: CC219023

Richmond, Swaledale

£314-£606

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4 star rating
This charming cottage is beautifully presented and ideally located in the heart of Richmond
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Stoneleigh ref: DC4934

Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

£356-£661

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4 star rating
Located in the heart of the Dales and within walking distance of the village pub and tea rooms.
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Newbiggin Cottage ref: CC219014

Richmond, Swaledale

£352-£605

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4 star rating
Delightful cottage situated beside the church in the fashionable area of Newbiggin.
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Heather Cottage at Graham House ref: 30767

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£377-£921

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4 star rating
With views over the Yorkshire Dales and across Swaledale, this property is in an ideal location for exploring the stunning countryside.
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Fellsman Cottage ref: CC219018

Reeth, Swaledale

£284-£629

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3 star rating
A welcoming family retreat quietly tucked away in this pretty Swaledale village
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