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.

Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£287-£568

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2 star rating
Pretoria Cottage
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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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    2
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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£584-£964

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4 star rating
Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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    6
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    3
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    2
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Penn Cottage ref: CC219023

Richmond, Swaledale

£295-£634

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4 star rating
This charming cottage is beautifully presented and ideally located in the heart of Richmond
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£257-£638

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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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Home Farm Cottage ref: UK2085

Fremington, near Reeth, Swaledale

£1111-£2799

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5 star rating
This detached cottage lies in the delightful hamlet of Fremington in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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    12
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    3
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Holmedale Cottage ref: CC211137

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£276-£564

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3 star rating
This character cottage offers cosy and welcoming accommodation with stone flagged floors, exposed beams and a lovely garden overlooking the church.
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    2
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No 1 Swallowholm Cottages ref: CC219031

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£359-£609

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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
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Buddy’s Cottage ref: UK2312

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£323-£776

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4 star rating
Cycling enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice and walkers will enjoy hundreds of routes all easily accessible from your base at Buddy’s Cottage.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Strands Cottage ref: 27490

Strands, near Gunnerside, Swaledale

£353-£620

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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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Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£705

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4 star rating
For that romantic break away this lovely cottage with original beams is ideal, close to Richmond and with footpaths from the door.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Windyridge ref: CC219017

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£409-£862

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4 star rating
Delightful holiday home with stunning uninterrupted views over the dale
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Castle Cottage ref: UK2243

Richmond, Swaledale

£325-£905

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3 star rating
This traditional, two-storey Georgian cottage, in the heart of Richmond, is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful area of Yorkshire.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Garth ref: CC211158

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£368-£829

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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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    3
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    1
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Bargate ref: UK2293

Richmond, Swaledale

£349-£973

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4 star rating
A quirky, Grade II listed house in the heart of Swaledale, set in the beautiful town of Richmond complete its with market square and castle.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£343-£859

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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.
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    2
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    2
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