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.

Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£351-£839

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Ingledew Cottage
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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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Castle Cottage ref: UK2243

Richmond, Swaledale

£330-£620

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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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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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Cuckoo Hill View ref: UK2268

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£401-£830

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Cuckoo Hill View is a contemporary stone cottage, immaculately presented, and is perfect as a romantic getaway or a holiday location for a small family.
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Scarr House Farm ref: CC211191

Muker, Swaledale

£649-£2424

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Attached farm house sleeping 11/12 in peaceful Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Thwaite.
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    6
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    5
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Sykelands Cottage ref: UK2000

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£412-£793

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5 star rating
Beautiful converted barn finished to an excellent standard with breathtaking views across the countryside.
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East Cottage ref: UK2005

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£267-£648

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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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Parky Mews ref: UK2568

Richmond, Swaledale

£246-£618

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Parky Cottage provides a perfect base for guests wishing to discover the historic town of Richmond and the surrounding area.
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Abraham’s Cottage ref: UK2555

Langthwaite, near Richmond, Swaledale

£342-£750

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This charming cottage provides luxury accommodation within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ideal for those looking for a relaxing escape to the country.
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Tavern Cottages - Poppy Lodge ref: UK2551

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£331-£772

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Perfect for a relaxing and romantic holiday, Poppy Lodge has a bubbling hot tub and a cosy wood burner for those cooler evenings.
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Brookside ref: UK10036

Langthwaite, near Reeth, Swaledale

£340-£811

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3 star rating
In a quiet village setting, this cottage has endless places to visit nearby including Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn and Richmond.
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    3
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Kissing Tree Cottage ref: UK2267

Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Swaledale

£332-£864

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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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Harriet’s Cottage ref: CC211234

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£301-£860

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Set in an elevated position in the peaceful village of Muker with fantastic rural views from every room!
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Fellsman Cottage ref: CC219018

Reeth, Swaledale

£292-£654

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A welcoming family retreat quietly tucked away in this pretty Swaledale village
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Halfehill Cottage ref: UK2253

Richmond, Swaledale

£332-£867

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4 star rating
Just a short distance from the quaint market square and town centre of the Georgian town of Richmond and in the shadows of Richmond Castle.
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