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.

Marrick Cottage ref: UK2203

Richmond, Swaledale

£309-£737

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Marrick Cottage
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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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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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Meadow View ref: DC5263

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

£350-£620

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This cosy cottage is an ideal retreat to return to from exploring The Dales.
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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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Swalebeck House (Luxury) ref: CC211197

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£789-£989

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Swalebeck House is an outstanding detached property commanding spectacular panoramic views over the dale.
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Fellsman Cottage ref: CC219018

Reeth, Swaledale

£292-£629

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3 star rating
A welcoming family retreat quietly tucked away in this pretty Swaledale village
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Arkle Barn ref: CC219026

Arkle Town near Reeth, Swaledale

£300-£679

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Spacious and welcoming detached cottage in a countryside location
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Curlew Cottage ref: CC211180

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

£344-£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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Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£313-£685

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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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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£299-£626

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A cosy romantic retreat ideal for couples wanting to discover all that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer with stunning scenery and quaint, cobbled market towns.
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East Cottage ref: UK2248

Booze, near Reeth, Swaledale

£401-£835

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3 star rating
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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Deer Park ref: 4622

Grinton, near Reeth, Swaledale

£381-£613

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2 star rating
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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Throstle Nest House ref: CC211233

near Reeth, Swaledale

£558-£1316

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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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No 1 Swallowholm Cottages ref: CC219031

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

£359-£609

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A Grade II listed cottage located in stunning Arkengarthdale with footpaths and cycle routes straight from the door.
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Brandy Lodge ref: UK2256

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£410-£718

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After a busy day exploring the many public footpaths in the area, return to this lodge and relax in the private hot tub.
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