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.

Moorcroft ref: CC211240

Reeth, Swaledale

£578-£690

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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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Newbiggin Cottage ref: CC219014

Richmond, Swaledale

£353-£605

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Delightful cottage situated beside the church in the fashionable area of Newbiggin.
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Bumblebee Cottage ref: UK2016

Marske near Richmond, Swaledale

£332-£660

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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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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£302-£627

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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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Garbutt Cottage ref: DC4953

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£283-£514

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Picture postcard village location ideal for walking and cycling.
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Upside Down Cottage ref: UK2269

Richmond, Swaledale

£322-£638

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One visit to this beautiful area just won’t be enough, but come to Upside Down Cottage and start exploring!
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Benmore ref: UK2119

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£301-£760

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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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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£456-£1087

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Once the village inn, Holme Garth displays many original features and lies just 5 miles from the market town of Richmond.
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£284-£586

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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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South View Cottage ref: UK2241

Tunstall, near Richmond, Swaledale

£330-£731

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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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Moorland Cottage ref: DC4568

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£364-£455

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A cosy cottage with original features just a short distance away from the village of Reeth.
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Cuckoo Hill View ref: UK2268

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£401-£784

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Cuckoo Hill View is a contemporary stone cottage, immaculately presented, and is perfect as a romantic getaway or a holiday location for a small family.
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£505

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Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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Brandy Lodge ref: UK2256

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£371-£712

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After a busy day exploring the many public footpaths in the area, return to this lodge and relax in the private hot tub.
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Barn Owl Cottage ref: DC2224

Easby near Richmond, Swaledale

£445-£715

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This cottage is located by picturesque riverside and is just a short distance away from Easby village.
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