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.

Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£288-£744
4 star rating
Poppy Cottage
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For that romantic break away this lovely cottage with original beams is ideal, close to Richmond and with footpaths from the door.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Strands Cottage ref: 27490

Strands, near Gunnerside, Swaledale

£360-£603
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.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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1 Kernot Court ref: CC219027

Reeth, Swaledale

£354-£609
4 star rating
Convenient village location close to local amenities with walks from the door
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Curlew Cottage ref: CC211180

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£310-£544
4 star rating
A delightful Grade II listed cottage in the village of Low Row commanding spectacular views over Swaledale.
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Blacksmith’s Cottage ref: CC219022

Catterick Village near Richmond, Swaledale

£304-£719
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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The Old Sweet Shop ref: CC219008

Richmond, Swaledale

£310-£609
4 star rating
Delightful 18th century character cottage oozing with charm and character on a quiet cobbled street in the centre of Richmond.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Throstle Nest House ref: CC211233

near Reeth, Swaledale

£550-£1322
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.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Brookside ref: CC211236

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£410-£1247
4 star rating
Providing luxurious holiday accommodation, this detached property lies just 50 yards from the local pub and shop. Visit brewerys, Wensleydale Creamery and castles.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Fellsman Cottage ref: CC219018

Reeth, Swaledale

£284-£609
3 star rating
A welcoming family retreat quietly tucked away in this pretty Swaledale village
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Garbutt Cottage ref: DC4953

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£283-£499
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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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£412-£1108
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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    FRI

Moorcroft ref: CC211240

Reeth, Swaledale

£0-£449
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.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£276-£625
3 star rating
Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Benmore ref: UK2119

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£251-£763
3 star rating
Benmore is nestled in a truly rural location, from which walking and cycling enthusiasts can spend hours on end exploring this delightful setting.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
    FRI

Springs Cottage ref: DC5262

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£321-£545
4 star rating
This cosy cottage is an ideal retreat and has views over wild flower meadows.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Changeover
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