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.

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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Cherry Cottage ref: CC219028

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£267-£498

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17th Century cottage in picturesque village location with superb views across Swaledale
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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£569-£1044

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Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Meadow View ref: DC5263

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£350-£637

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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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Curlew Cottage ref: CC211180

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£344-£589

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A delightful Grade II listed cottage in the village of Low Row commanding spectacular views over Swaledale.
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    1
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    1
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Tetheran Cottage ref: 29357

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£340-£685

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3 star rating
Tucked in the Yorkshire Dales National Park with spectacular views and walking from the door.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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No 6 Swallowholm Cottages ref: UK2181

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£342-£574

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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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Brookside ref: UK10036

Langthwaite, near Reeth, Swaledale

£340-£811

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3 star rating
In a quiet village setting, this cottage has endless places to visit nearby including Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn and Richmond.
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  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Marrick Cottage ref: UK2203

Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£747

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This quaint property is ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway and wanting to be in reach of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Moordale Cottage ref: UK2414

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£306-£604

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With far reaching views, this lovely cottage in the Yorkshire Dales is ideally placed for exploring the beauty of the surrounding area.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Arngill ref: CC211153

Muker, Swaledale

£307-£721

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4 star rating
Set at the head of Swaledale, Arngill is a charming and well equipped character cottage with views over the meadows.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Tavern Cottages - Brandy Lodge ref: UK2256

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£329-£750

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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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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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The Garth ref: CC211158

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£259-£780

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The Garth is a delightful bungalow offering spacious accommodation and spectacular views of the surrounding area. A perfect base for exploring the nearby villages of Muker and Reeth.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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1 Kernot Court ref: CC219027

Reeth, Swaledale

£364-£654

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Convenient village location close to local amenities with walks from the door
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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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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    1
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    1
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