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.

Throstle Nest House ref: CC211233

near Reeth, Swaledale

£519-£1499

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Throstle Nest House
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Detached with a spacious patio area and cosy wood burner, this cottage is just fantastic for outdoor pursuits, relaxing or visiting many attractions.
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Tavern Cottages - Brandy Lodge ref: UK2256

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£399-£723

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After a busy day exploring the many public footpaths in the area, return to this lodge and relax in the private hot tub.
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Honeysuckle Cottage ref: DC1255

Richmond, Swaledale

£294-£536

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3 star rating
A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
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    2
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    1
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Buddy’s Cottage ref: UK2312

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£394-£762

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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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    2
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    2
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    1
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Cherry Cottage ref: CC219028

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£287-£494

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17th Century cottage in picturesque village location with superb views across Swaledale
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    1
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    1
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The Green ref: UK2488

Richmond, Swaledale

£490-£1185

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This is the perfect base to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park, historic Richmond on your doorstep and the Coast to Coast Walk to enjoy.
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    2
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    1
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£283-£568

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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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    2
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    1
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Strands Cottage ref: 27490

Strands, near Gunnerside, Swaledale

£287-£637

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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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Jasmine Cottage ref: DC1256

Richmond, Swaledale

£294-£536

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3 star rating
A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
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    2
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    1
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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£503-£1117

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4 star rating
Once the village inn, Holme Garth displays many original features and lies just 5 miles from the market town of Richmond.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£419-£848

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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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    2
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    2
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West Cottage ref: CC219002

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£445-£1022

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4 star rating
A Grade II listed, detached character cottage commanding spectacular views over Swaledale.
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    1
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    3
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    2
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Benmore ref: UK2119

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£311-£785

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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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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Charlies Stable ref: UK2439

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£306-£540

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3 star rating
This lovingly restored former stable, which is surrounded by stunning countryside, has a vaulted bedroom and makes a wonderful escape for a couple.
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    3
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    1
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    1
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No 6 Swallowholm Cottages ref: UK2181

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£334-£553

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4 star rating
A former miners cottage in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park commanding stunning views over the Dale from the first floor living area.
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    1
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    1
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    1
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