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.

Galway House ref: UK2415

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£275-£569

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Galway House
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Galway House is perfect for a romantic break in the beautiful Swaledale with its wildflower meadows, waterfalls and many walking and cycling routes.
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Mill Cottage ref: UK2001

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£393-£851

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Beautiful converted barn finished to an excellent standard discreetly tucked away between the Yorkshire Dales and County Durham.
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Copley House ref: IMJ

Langthwaite, nearr Reeth, Swaledale, Swaledale

£458-£915

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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.
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Tavern Cottages - Tavern Cottage ref: UK2448

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£329-£772

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Enjoy busy days exploring this beautiful area of North Yorkshire, with the Yorkshire Heritage Coast and city of York less than an hour’s drive away.
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The Green ref: UK2488

Richmond, Swaledale

£436-£1215

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This is the perfect base to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park, historic Richmond on your doorstep and the Coast to Coast Walk to enjoy.
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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£569-£1044

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Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£265-£658

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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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Castle View ref: IWP

Richmond, Swaledale, Swaledale

£599-£1338

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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.
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£513

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Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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The Coach House ref: KTN

Richmond, Swaledale

£904-£2476

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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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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£299-£643

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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.
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Penn Cottage ref: CC219023

Richmond, Swaledale

£291-£519

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This charming cottage is beautifully presented and ideally located in the heart of Richmond
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The Limekilns Annexe ref: UK2473

Barton, near Richmond, Swaledale

£281-£656

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Ideally located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, historic market towns and County Durham.
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Kissing Tree Cottage ref: UK2267

Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Swaledale

£332-£866

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Just 4 miles from the historic town of Richmond, surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside which is ideal for walking or cycling.
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Sweet Lassie Cottage ref: UK2541

Richmond, Swaledale

£315-£624

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Situated in the centre of Richmond with its cobbled market place, castle, museums and parks makes Sweet Lassie Cottage perfect for a break.
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