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.

2 Nurse Cherry’s Cottage ref: DC4877

Reeth, Swaledale

£575-£728
5 star rating
2 Nurse Cherry’s Cottage
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Superb five star cottage set within quiet corner of the village Reeth.
  • Sleeps
    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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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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Stoneleigh ref: DC5376

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£289-£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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Home Farm Cottage ref: UK2085

Fremington, near Reeth, Swaledale

£1120-£2836
5 star rating
This detached cottage lies in the delightful hamlet of Fremington in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£252-£731
3 star rating
Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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The Garth ref: CC211158

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£378-£726
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.
  • Sleeps
    6
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Copley House ref: IMJ

Langthwaite, nearr Reeth, Swaledale, Yorkshire, Swaledale

£488-£902
4 star rating
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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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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East Cottage ref: UK2005

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£268-£634
4 star rating
This cosy, romantic cottage is perfect for couples and is set within the heart of Swaledale in the North Yorkshire Dales - the ideal rural retreat.
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    2
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    1
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Strands Cottage ref: 27490

Strands, near Gunnerside, Yorkshire, 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.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£404-£1057
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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No 1 Swallowholm Cottages ref: CC219031

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£349-£589
0 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
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Benmore ref: UK2119

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£295-£729
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.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Clearwater ref: DC4808

Aldbrough St John near Richmond, Swaledale

£333-£598
4 star rating
Situated in an idyllic location of a picturesque village with good pub.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Cherry Cottage ref: CC219028

Gunnerside near Reeth, Swaledale

£314-£464
3 star rating
17th Century cottage in picturesque village location with superb views across Swaledale
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Moorland Cottage ref: DC4568

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£261-£455
3 star rating
A cosy cottage with original features just a short distance away from the village of Reeth.
  • Sleeps
    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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