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.

Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£789-£1032

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Swalebeck House (Luxury)
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Swalebeck House is an outstanding detached property commanding spectacular panoramic views over the dale.
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Moordale Cottage ref: UK2414

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£306-£604

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3 star rating
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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Jasmine Cottage ref: DC1256

Richmond, Swaledale

£294-£536

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A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
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Scarr House Farm ref: CC211191

Muker, Swaledale

£649-£2424

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4 star rating
Attached farm house sleeping 11/12 in peaceful Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Thwaite.
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2 Nurse Cherry’s Cottage ref: DC4877

Reeth, Swaledale

£0-£745

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5 star rating
Superb five star cottage set within quiet corner of the village Reeth.
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Upside Down Cottage ref: UK2269

Richmond, Swaledale

£281-£635

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4 star rating
One visit to this beautiful area just won’t be enough, but come to Upside Down Cottage and start exploring!
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The Cottage ref: UK2301

Thwaite, near Richmond, Swaledale

£273-£407

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3 star rating
In a beautiful location in Swaledale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, great for walkers with many footpaths passing through the village.
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Heather Cottage at Graham House ref: 30767

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£424-£916

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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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Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£321-£343

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Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£265-£655

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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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Tavern Cottages - Poppy Lodge ref: UK2551

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£363-£772

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Perfect for a relaxing and romantic holiday, Poppy Lodge has a bubbling hot tub and a cosy wood burner for those cooler evenings.
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Birkend Farmhouse ref: CC219029

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£569-£1044

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4 star rating
Beautifully presented farmhouse with stunning views and walks from the doorstep
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    6
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    1
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    3
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    2
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Holme Garth ref: CC219034

Kirby Hill near Richmond, Swaledale

£431-£1117

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4 star rating
Once the village inn, Holme Garth displays many original features and lies just 5 miles from the market town of Richmond.
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    2
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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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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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