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.

South View Cottage ref: UK2241

Tunstall, near Richmond, Swaledale

£324-£698

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Close to the historic town of Richmond, with its castle and cobbled town centre, this property is perfect for a break amidst beautiful Yorkshire scenery.
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Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£739-£1079

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Swalebeck House is an outstanding detached property commanding spectacular panoramic views over the dale.
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Garbutt Cottage ref: DC4953

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£283-£514

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3 star rating
Picture postcard village location ideal for walking and cycling.
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£284-£564

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Pretoria Cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation with a multi fuel stove in the lounge promising a warm welcome.
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Deer Park ref: 4622

Grinton, near Reeth, Swaledale

£299-£784

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Corner Cottage ref: CC211168

Muker, Swaledale

£318-£655

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3 star rating
Corner Cottage is a delightful property, situated in the charming village of Muker in the heart of Swaledale.
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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£514-£1004

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Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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Benmore ref: UK2119

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£301-£736

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Benmore is nestled in a truly rural location, from which walking and cycling enthusiasts can spend hours on end exploring this delightful setting.
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Mill End Cottage ref: 31071

Gunnerside, near Hawes, Swaledale

£578-£690

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The Coach House ref: KTN

Richmond, Swaledale

£874-£2177

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4 star rating
Set in award winning gardens this spacious holiday property is just a few minutes walk to the cobbled square in the centre of Richmond.
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Harriet’s Cottage ref: CC211234

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£350-£813

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4 star rating
Set in an elevated position in the peaceful village of Muker with fantastic rural views from every room!
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The Old Sweet Shop ref: CC219008

Richmond, Swaledale

£354-£629

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4 star rating
Delightful 18th century character cottage oozing with charm and character on a quiet cobbled street in the centre of Richmond.
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The Garth ref: CC211158

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£382-£752

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3 star rating
The Garth is a delightful bungalow offering spacious accommodation and spectacular views of the surrounding area. A perfect base for exploring the nearby villages of Muker and Reeth.
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Cowlings ref: DC3846

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£394-£726

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4 star rating
Superb cottage Grade II Listed cottage close to the village Reeth.
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby near Richmond, Swaledale

£267-£487

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3 star rating
Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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