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.

Honeysuckle Cottage ref: DC1255

Richmond, Swaledale

£278-£507
3 star rating
Honeysuckle Cottage
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A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£486-£1015
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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Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£737-£1047
5 star rating
Swalebeck House is an outstanding detached property commanding spectacular panoramic views over the dale.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£300-£626
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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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£313-£665
3 star rating
Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Thea’s Cottage ref: CC219005

Satron near Gunnerside, Reeth, Swaledale

£386-£967
4 star rating
Ideal for couples sharing, this cosy renovated cottage is ideal for those wishing to discover the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Scarr House Farm ref: CC211191

Muker, Swaledale

£752-£2167
4 star rating
Attached farm house sleeping 11/12 in peaceful Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Thwaite.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    5
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    FRI

Corner Cottage ref: CC211168

Muker, Swaledale

£324-£702
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
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Yorebarn ref: 23591

Carperby, nr. Leyburn, Swaledale

£251-£600
3 star rating
Explore wonderful scenery with walks from the door or relax in this ideal holiday base set near traditional market towns.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bumblebee Cottage ref: UK2016

Marske near Richmond, Swaledale

£341-£761
4 star rating
A pretty semi-detached property looking out onto fields in the quiet village of Marske, which offers extensive views of Swaledale.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

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
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Moorcroft ref: CC211240

Reeth, Swaledale

£486-£643
4 star rating
An 18th Century cottage nestled in a quiet Yorkshire Dales village just yards from three local pubs. Beautiful rural views from the master bedroom.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Stoneleigh ref: DC5376

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£282-£511
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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Blacksmith’s Cottage ref: CC219022

Catterick Village near Richmond, Swaledale

£282-£717
3 star rating
Beautiful family cottage with ’picture perfect’ gardens, ideally placed for exploring the area
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Meadow View ref: DC5263

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£313-£545
4 star rating
This cosy cottage is an ideal retreat to return to from exploring The Dales.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    SAT