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-£901
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.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Arkle Barn ref: CC219026

Arkle Town near Reeth, Swaledale

£292-£679
3 star rating
Spacious and welcoming detached cottage in a countryside location
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£299-£617
3 star rating
A cosy romantic retreat ideal for couples wanting to discover all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer with stunning scenery and quaint, cobbled market towns.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Stoneleigh ref: DC5376

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£289-£526
3 star rating
Cosy character cottage in a picturesque village setting with walks directly from the doorstep.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Neddy House ref: CC219025

Grinton near Reeth, Swaledale

£1063-£1761
5 star rating
Beautifully restored Grade II listed traditional dales house, offering a magnificent mix of original and contemporary style.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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    FRI

Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£488-£1037
4 star rating
Once the village inn, Holme Garth displays many original features and lies just 5 miles from the market town of Richmond.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

No 6 Swallowholm Cottages ref: UK2181

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£332-£568
4 star rating
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A former miners cottage in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park commanding stunning views over the Dale from the first floor living area.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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South Cottage ref: UK2004

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£438-£1015
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
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    FRI

Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£320-£666
4 star rating
For that romantic break away this lovely cottage with original beams is ideal, close to Richmond and with footpaths from the door.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Holly Cottage ref: B6071

Richmond, Swaledale

£241-£547
3 star rating
Discover Richmond Castle or woodland and riverside walks to the hidden treasure of Easby Abbey all from this barn conversion.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Barn End ref: DC4734

Marrick near Richmond, Swaledale

£291-£514
3 star rating
Panoramic views of Swaledale countryside and close to the Coast to Coast footpath.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Jasmine Cottage ref: DC1256

Richmond, Swaledale

£294-£522
3 star rating
A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Holmedale Cottage ref: CC211137

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£268-£564
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
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Castle View ref: IWP

Richmond, Swaledale, Swaledale

£583-£1300
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
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Corner Cottage ref: CC211168

Muker, Swaledale

£260-£655
3 star rating
Corner Cottage is a delightful property, situated in the charming village of Muker in the heart of Swaledale.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT