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-£528

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3 star rating
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Panoramic views of Swaledale countryside and close to the Coast to Coast footpath.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Meadow View ref: DC5263

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£350-£637

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4 star rating
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
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Fellsman Cottage ref: CC219018

Reeth, Swaledale

£292-£654

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3 star rating
A welcoming family retreat quietly tucked away in this pretty Swaledale village
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Tavern Cottages - Tavern Cottage ref: UK2448

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£400-£708

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Enjoy busy days exploring this beautiful area of North Yorkshire, with the Yorkshire Heritage Coast and city of York less than an hour’s drive away.
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    2
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Stable Cottage ref: UK2344

Hudswell, near Richmond, Swaledale

£372-£803

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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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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Garbutt Cottage ref: DC4953

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£292-£528

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3 star rating
Picture postcard village location ideal for walking and cycling.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bargate ref: UK2293

Richmond, Swaledale

£413-£954

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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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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Bridgedown House ref: UK2324

Richmond, Swaledale

£737-£1597

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4 star rating
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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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Sykelands Cottage ref: UK2000

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£466-£738

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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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    2
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  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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East Cottage ref: UK2005

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£324-£630

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4 star rating
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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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Thea’s Cottage ref: CC219005

Satron near Gunnerside, Reeth, Swaledale

£412-£1044

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4 star rating
Ideal for couples sharing, this cosy renovated cottage is ideal for those wishing to discover the Yorkshire Dales.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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1 Kernot Court ref: CC219027

Reeth, Swaledale

£364-£654

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4 star rating
Convenient village location close to local amenities with walks from the door
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Springs Cottage ref: DC5262

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£350-£637

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4 star rating
This cosy cottage is an ideal retreat and has views over wild flower meadows.
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£315-£613

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3 star rating
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.
  • Sleeps
    3
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Deer Park ref: 4622

Grinton, near Reeth, Swaledale

£317-£812

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2 star rating
Set in the middle of pasture and ideal for a peaceful holiday, Deer Park is a traditional property with wonderful views across Swaledale.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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