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.

The Loft ref: UK2027

Reeth, Swaledale

£305-£606

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4 star rating
The Loft
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The Loft is a first floor apartment situated in the heart of Reeth, with lovely views of the surrounding hills from most of the rooms.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£305-£705

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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.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bumblebee Cottage ref: UK2016

Marske near Richmond, Swaledale

£311-£686

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4 star rating
A pretty semi-detached property looking out onto fields in the quiet village of Marske, which offers extensive views of Swaledale.
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£258-£642

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4 star rating
A south facing cottage situated in an elevated position within the traditional Yorkshire Dales village of Muker. Fantastic views from each room and the garden.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Scarr House Farm ref: CC211191

Muker, Swaledale

£631-£2284

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4 star rating
Attached farm house sleeping 11/12 in peaceful Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Thwaite.
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    12
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    5
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    FRI

Cherry Cottage ref: CC219028

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£259-£476

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3 star rating
17th Century cottage in picturesque village location with superb views across Swaledale
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Neddy House ref: CC219025

Grinton near Reeth, Swaledale

£1141-£2318

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

Halfehill Cottage ref: UK2253

Richmond, Swaledale

£325-£905

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4 star rating
Just a short distance from the quaint market square and town centre of the Georgian town of Richmond and in the shadows of Richmond Castle.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    FRI

East Cottage ref: UK2248

Booze, near Reeth, Swaledale

£420-£774

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3 star rating
Retreat from everyday life and enjoy total tranquillity hidden away at East Cottage, simply relax or explore many footpaths from the door.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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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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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Buddy’s Cottage ref: UK2312

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£311-£782

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4 star rating
Cycling enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice and walkers will enjoy hundreds of routes all easily accessible from your base at Buddy’s Cottage.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Harriet’s Cottage ref: CC211234

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£296-£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!
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Strands Cottage ref: 27490

Strands, near Gunnerside, Swaledale

£353-£620

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Swaledale and enjoys wonderful views from both the garden and the balcony allowing for a delightful stay.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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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.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Throstle Nest House ref: CC211233

near Reeth, Swaledale

£397-£1406

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5 star rating
Detached with a spacious patio area and cosy wood burner, this cottage is just fantastic for outdoor pursuits, relaxing or visiting many attractions.
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    6
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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