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.

Heather Cottage at Graham House ref: 30767

Marrick, nr. Reeth, Swaledale

£380-£860
4 star rating
Heather Cottage at Graham House
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With views over the Yorkshire Dales and across Swaledale, this property is in an ideal location for exploring the stunning countryside.
  • Sleeps
    2
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    1
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    1
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    1
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The Garth ref: CC211158

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£368-£725
3 star rating
The Garth is a delightful bungalow offering spacious accommodation and spectacular views of the surrounding area. A perfect base for exploring the nearby villages of Muker and Reeth.
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Garbutt Cottage ref: DC4953

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£276-£499
3 star rating
Picture postcard village location ideal for walking and cycling.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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Arkle Barn ref: CC219026

Arkle Town near Reeth, Swaledale

£282-£652
3 star rating
Spacious and welcoming detached cottage in a countryside location
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Loft ref: UK2027

Reeth, Swaledale

£329-£582
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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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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£562-£967
4 star rating
Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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South Cottage ref: UK2004

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£431-£994
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
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    2
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£274-£542
2 star rating
Pretoria Cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation with a multi fuel stove in the lounge promising a warm welcome.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£307-£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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    1
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    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
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    1
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No 1 Swallowholm Cottages ref: CC219031

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£337-£587
4 star rating
A Grade II listed cottage located in stunning Arkengarthdale with footpaths and cycle routes straight from the door.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Wheatcroft Cottage ref: UK2033

Carperby, near Leyburn, Swaledale

£350-£711
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Recommended for anyone who is looking for a quiet and comfortable break in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Delightful views from all its rooms and just 7 miles from Leyburn.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Dyke Heads Stable ref: W4566

Gunnerside, nr. Reeth, Swaledale

£243-£489
4 star rating
In this picture postcard village of Gunnerside, lays this delightful cottage boasting amazing views across the valley and cosy accommodation.
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    2
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    1
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    1
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    1
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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£389-£766
4 star rating
Set just off the cobbled square in Richmond, guarded by its castle, there’s spectacular scenery just minutes away waiting to be explored.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Bumblebee Cottage ref: UK2016

Marske near Richmond, Swaledale

£357-£761
4 star rating
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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.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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