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.

South View Cottage ref: UK2241

Tunstall, near Richmond, Swaledale

£310-£766

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3 star rating
South View Cottage
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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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Vale View ref: UK2354

Richmond, Swaledale

£270-£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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Buddy’s Cottage ref: UK2312

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£330-£776

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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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Mill Cottage ref: UK2001

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£369-£810

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5 star rating
Beautiful converted barn finished to an excellent standard discreetly tucked away between the Yorkshire Dales and County Durham.
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Pretoria Cottage ref: CC211139

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£283-£459

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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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Heather Cottage at Graham House ref: 30767

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£424-£905

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4 star rating
With views over the Yorkshire Dales and across Swaledale, this property is in an ideal location for exploring the stunning countryside.
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Tetheran Cottage ref: 29357

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£370-£646

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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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East Cottage ref: UK2005

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£263-£644

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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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Stable Cottage ref: UK2344

Hudswell, near Richmond, Swaledale

£331-£851

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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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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£261-£651

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4 star rating
A south facing cottage situated in an elevated position within the traditional Yorkshire Dales village of Muker. Fantastic views from each room and the garden.
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Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£789-£989

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5 star rating
Swalebeck House is an outstanding detached property commanding spectacular panoramic views over the dale.
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    6
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    3
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Copley House ref: IMJ

Langthwaite, nearr Reeth, Swaledale, Swaledale

£458-£908

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4 star rating
Close to Richmond, famous for its Norman castle and wide cobbled market place, and within easy reach of York for a day trip.
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    2
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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£384-£859

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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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No 1 Swallowholm Cottages ref: CC219031

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£359-£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
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    2
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Neddy House ref: CC219025

Grinton near Reeth, Swaledale

£1196-£2521

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5 star rating
Beautifully restored Grade II listed traditional dales house, offering a magnificent mix of original and contemporary style.
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    12
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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