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.

Dyke Heads Stable ref: W4566

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

£256-£518

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4 star rating
Dyke Heads Stable
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In this picture postcard village of Gunnerside, lays this delightful cottage boasting amazing views across the valley and cosy accommodation.
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Dunsa Lodge ref: DC0791

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£344-£543

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3 star rating
Charming detached stone bungalow set in the middle of a 600 acre country estate.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Halfehill Cottage ref: UK2253

Richmond, Swaledale

£405-£844

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4 star rating
Just a short distance from the quaint market square and town centre of the Georgian town of Richmond and in the shadows of Richmond Castle.
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    5
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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    FRI

Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£789-£1032

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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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    3
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    2
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Castle Cottage ref: UK2243

Richmond, Swaledale

£403-£844

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3 star rating
This traditional, two-storey Georgian cottage, in the heart of Richmond, is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful area of Yorkshire.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Buddy’s Cottage ref: UK2312

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£0-£373

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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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    2
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    2
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    1
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Swallowholm ref: INJ

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£371-£727

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4 star rating
Surrounded by magnificent views an ideal base for discovering the villages of the Dales such as Reeth, Richmond and Barnard Castle.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    1
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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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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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    2
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    2
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East Cottage ref: UK2005

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£324-£630

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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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    2
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Brookside ref: CC211236

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£499-£1321

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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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Castle View ref: IWP

Richmond, Swaledale, Swaledale

£599-£1338

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5 star rating
Commanding extensive views over historic Richmond to its castle, this holiday home is just 2 miles from The Yorkshire Dales National Park making for an enjoyable stay.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Marrick Cottage ref: UK2203

Richmond, Swaledale

£345-£695

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3 star rating
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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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Spencer Cottage ref: CC211134

Melsonby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£316-£504

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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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Cowlings ref: DC3846

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£405-£746

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4 star rating
Superb cottage Grade II Listed cottage close to the village Reeth.
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    2
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    1
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