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.

Turbine House ref: UK2438

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£351-£740

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Turbine House
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A characterful cottage set in a tranquil location with a plethora of picturesque villages and towns to visit, including Leyburn, 10 miles, and Castle Bolton.
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Bargate ref: UK2293

Richmond, Swaledale

£349-£698

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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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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£283-£564

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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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Brookside ref: CC211236

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£589-£1259

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4 star rating
Providing luxurious holiday accommodation, this detached property lies just 50 yards from the local pub and shop. Visit brewerys, Wensleydale Creamery and castles.
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The Annex ref: UK2447

Richmond, Swaledale

£0-£0

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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk passes just yards from this studio apartment, which is a perfect base for couples who love the great outdoors.
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The Coach House ref: KTN

Richmond, Swaledale

£790-£2476

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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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    5
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Swallowholm ref: INJ

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£322-£747

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4 star rating
Surrounded by magnificent views an ideal base for discovering the villages of the Dales such as Reeth, Richmond and Barnard Castle.
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Galway House ref: UK2415

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£333-£578

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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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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£351-£839

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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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South View Cottage ref: UK2241

Tunstall, near Richmond, Swaledale

£286-£728

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3 star rating
Close to the historic town of Richmond, with its castle and cobbled town centre, this property is perfect for a break amidst beautiful Yorkshire scenery.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Stable Cottage ref: UK2344

Hudswell, near Richmond, Swaledale

£364-£824

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4 star rating
Just 3 miles from Richmond, this spacious barn conversion has a café on-site and is surrounded by stunning countryside.
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Sweet Lassie Cottage ref: UK2541

Richmond, Swaledale

£277-£621

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Situated in the centre of Richmond with its cobbled market place, castle, museums and parks makes Sweet Lassie Cottage perfect for a break.
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Mill Cottage ref: UK2001

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£384-£851

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Beautiful converted barn finished to an excellent standard discreetly tucked away between the Yorkshire Dales and County Durham.
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Barn End ref: DC4734

Marrick near Richmond, Swaledale

£0-£499

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3 star rating
Panoramic views of Swaledale countryside and close to the Coast to Coast footpath.
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AD Coach House Cottage ref: UK2375

Fremington, near Reeth, Swaledale

£364-£782

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4 star rating
This fantastic cottage located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is ideal for nature lovers as there are many walking and cycling opportunities nearby.
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