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.

Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£278-£729
3 star rating
Foxgloves Cottage
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Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Holmedale Cottage ref: CC211137

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£258-£542
3 star rating
This character cottage offers cosy and welcoming accommodation with stone flagged floors, exposed beams and a lovely garden overlooking the church.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

2 Nurse Cherry’s Cottage ref: DC4877

Reeth, Swaledale

£557-£726
5 star rating
Superb five star cottage set within quiet corner of the village Reeth.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Swallowholm ref: INJ

Arkengarthdale, , Swaledale

£308-£718
4 star rating
Surrounded by magnificent views an ideal base for discovering the villages of the Dales such as Reeth, Richmond and Barnard Castle.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Arkle Barn ref: CC219026

Arkle Town near Reeth, Swaledale

£282-£652
3 star rating
Spacious and welcoming detached cottage in a countryside location
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Tetheran Cottage ref: 29357

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£366-£643
3 star rating
Tucked in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with spectacular views and walking from the door.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Stoneleigh ref: DC4934

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£346-£643
4 star rating
Located in the heart of the Dales and within walking distance of the village pub and tea rooms.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Windyridge ref: CC219017

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£377-£787
4 star rating
Delightful holiday home with stunning uninterrupted views over the dale
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Brookside ref: CC211236

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£409-£1343
4 star rating
Providing luxurious holiday accommodation, this detached property lies just 50 yards from the local pub and shop. Visit brewerys, Wensleydale Creamery and castles.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

East Cottage ref: UK2005

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£259-£633
4 star rating
This cosy, romantic cottage is perfect for couples and is set within the heart of Swaledale in the North Yorkshire Dales - the ideal rural retreat.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    SAT

Castle View ref: IWP

Richmond, Swaledale, , Swaledale

£563-£1261
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.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    SAT

Home Farm Cottage ref: UK2085

Fremington, near Reeth, Swaledale

£1111-£2756
5 star rating
This detached cottage lies in the delightful hamlet of Fremington in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Changeover
    FRI

South Cottage ref: UK2004

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£356-£994
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.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£562-£942
4 star rating
Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT

Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£274-£517
2 star rating
Pretoria Cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation with a multi fuel stove in the lounge promising a warm welcome.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Changeover
    FRI