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.

Foxgloves Cottage ref: CC211111

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£296-£662

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Foxgloves Cottage
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Foxgloves Cottage is a typical Dales cottage with panoramic views and excellent character.
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East Cottage ref: UK2248

Booze, near Reeth, Swaledale

£413-£774

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Retreat from everyday life and enjoy total tranquillity hidden away at East Cottage, simply relax or explore many footpaths from the door.
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Barn Owl Cottage ref: DC2224

Easby near Richmond, Swaledale

£458-£715

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This cottage is located by picturesque riverside and is just a short distance away from Easby village.
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Kissing Tree Cottage ref: UK2267

Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, Swaledale

£324-£866

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4 star rating
Just 4 miles from the historic town of Richmond, surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside which is ideal for walking or cycling.
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Bridgedown House ref: UK2324

Richmond, Swaledale

£585-£1633

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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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    4
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    4
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Stoneleigh ref: DC5376

Langthwaite near Reeth, Swaledale

£298-£526

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3 star rating
Cosy character cottage in a picturesque village setting with walks directly from the doorstep.
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Holly Cottage ref: B6071

Richmond, Swaledale

£201-£570

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Discover Richmond Castle or woodland and riverside walks to the hidden treasure of Easby Abbey all from this barn conversion.
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Arkle Barn ref: CC219026

Arkle Town near Reeth, Swaledale

£300-£679

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3 star rating
Spacious and welcoming detached cottage in a countryside location
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2 Nurse Cherry’s Cottage ref: DC4877

Reeth, Swaledale

£591-£749

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Superb five star cottage set within quiet corner of the village Reeth.
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Strands Cottage ref: 27490

Strands, near Gunnerside, Swaledale

£353-£620

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Swaledale and enjoys wonderful views from both the garden and the balcony allowing for a delightful stay.
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Deer Park ref: 4622

Grinton, near Reeth, Swaledale

£258-£649

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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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Bargate ref: UK2293

Richmond, Swaledale

£349-£973

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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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    3
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Curlew Cottage ref: CC211180

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£297-£564

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4 star rating
A delightful Grade II listed cottage in the village of Low Row commanding spectacular views over Swaledale.
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Cowlings ref: DC3846

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£405-£726

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Superb cottage Grade II Listed cottage close to the village Reeth.
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Throstle Nest House ref: CC211233

near Reeth, Swaledale

£551-£1406

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Detached with a spacious patio area and cosy wood burner, this cottage is just fantastic for outdoor pursuits, relaxing or visiting many attractions.
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