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.

Barn End ref: DC4734

Marrick near Richmond, Swaledale

£291-£514

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Panoramic views of Swaledale countryside and close to the Coast to Coast footpath.
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Stable Cottage ref: UK2344

Hudswell, near Richmond, Swaledale

£317-£770

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Just 3 miles from Richmond, this spacious barn conversion has a café on-site and is surrounded by stunning countryside.
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Kissing Tree Cottage ref: UK2267

Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Swaledale

£330-£783

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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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Barn Owl Cottage ref: DC2224

Easby near Richmond, Swaledale

£458-£715

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This cottage is located by picturesque riverside and is just a short distance away from Easby village.
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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£296-£662

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Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
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Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£789-£989

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Swalebeck House is an outstanding detached property commanding spectacular panoramic views over the dale.
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Cowlings ref: DC3846

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£405-£726

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Superb cottage Grade II Listed cottage close to the village Reeth.
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Bridgedown House ref: UK2324

Richmond, Swaledale

£750-£1538

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Enjoy a break in the beautiful market town of Richmond with its cobbled market place and historic architecture, and it’s within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£299-£597

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A cosy romantic retreat ideal for couples wanting to discover all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer with stunning scenery and quaint, cobbled market towns.
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Corner Cottage ref: CC211168

Muker, Swaledale

£309-£695

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Corner Cottage is a delightful property, situated in the charming village of Muker in the heart of Swaledale.
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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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Galway House ref: UK2415

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£238-£567

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Galway House is perfect for a romantic break in the beautiful Swaledale with its wildflower meadows, waterfalls and many walking and cycling routes.
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£474

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Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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Holly Cottage ref: B6071

Richmond, Swaledale

£207-£503

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Discover Richmond Castle or woodland and riverside walks to the hidden treasure of Easby Abbey all from this barn conversion.
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Cuckoo Hill View ref: UK2268

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£401-£746

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4 star rating
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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