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.

Meadow View ref: DC5263

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£321-£620

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4 star rating
Meadow View
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This cosy cottage is an ideal retreat to return to from exploring The Dales.
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£489

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3 star rating
Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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    2
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£286-£615

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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
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Coach House ref: KTN

Richmond, Swaledale

£707-£2267

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4 star rating
Set in award winning gardens this spacious holiday property is just a few minutes walk to the cobbled square in the centre of Richmond.
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    10
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    5
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Stoneleigh ref: DC5376

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£261-£526

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3 star rating
Cosy character cottage in a picturesque village setting with walks directly from the doorstep.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Vale View ref: UK2354

Richmond, Swaledale

£275-£715

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Vale View is ideal for exploring the beautiful market town of Richmond with its Norman castle, Georgian architecture, museums and cobbled market place.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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No 1 Swallowholm Cottages ref: CC219031

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£349-£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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£373-£820

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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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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£234-£522

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2 star rating
Pretoria Cottage offers cosy and comfortable accommodation with a multi fuel stove in the lounge promising a warm welcome.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Loft ref: UK2027

Reeth, Swaledale

£286-£566

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4 star rating
The Loft is a first floor apartment situated in the heart of Reeth, with lovely views of the surrounding hills from most of the rooms.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Poppy Cottage ref: CC219032

Richmond, Swaledale

£207-£495

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3 star rating
Located in the heart of Richmond, this holiday property is ideally located for discovering the Yorkshire Dales.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Scarr House Farm ref: CC211191

Muker, Swaledale

£663-£2233

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4 star rating
Attached farm house sleeping 11/12 in peaceful Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Thwaite.
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    5
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West Cottage ref: CC219002

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£380-£955

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4 star rating
A Grade II listed, detached character cottage commanding spectacular views over Swaledale.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£584-£1004

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4 star rating
Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Newbiggin Cottage ref: CC219014

Richmond, Swaledale

£0-£590

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4 star rating
Delightful cottage situated beside the church in the fashionable area of Newbiggin.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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