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.

Honeysuckle Cottage ref: DC1255

Richmond, Swaledale

£294-£536

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3 star rating
Honeysuckle Cottage
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A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£285-£678

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4 star rating
For that romantic break away this lovely cottage with original beams is ideal, close to Richmond and with footpaths from the door.
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    3
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Stonegate Cottage ref: UK2436

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£364-£930

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4 star rating
Beautiful Stonegate Cottage has been stylishly designed throughout, creating the ideal comfortable couples retreat for a walking weekend with spectacular scenery.
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    2
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Windyridge ref: CC219017

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£438-£886

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4 star rating
Delightful holiday home with stunning uninterrupted views over the dale
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  • 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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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
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    2
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£513

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3 star rating
Delightful gardens, ocnvenient village location with walks from the door
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    1
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    1
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    1
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Brookside ref: CC211236

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£463-£1353

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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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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Heather Cottage at Graham House ref: 30767

Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

£424-£939

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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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    2
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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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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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Stable Cottage ref: UK2344

Hudswell, near Richmond, Swaledale

£343-£790

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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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Black Sheep Cottage ref: CC219019

Reeth, Swaledale

£359-£634

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4 star rating
This immaculately presented stone cottage is ideally placed for exploring Swaledale
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Greystones ref: UK2437

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£377-£814

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4 star rating
A short stroll from the village, this period cottage is perfect for a small family or friends wishing to tour the stunning Yorkshire Dales.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Stoneleigh ref: DC4934

Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

£366-£679

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4 star rating
Located in the heart of the Dales and within walking distance of the village pub and tea rooms.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Cottage ref: UK2301

Thwaite, near Richmond, Swaledale

£303-£689

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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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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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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.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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