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.

Abraham’s Cottage ref: UK2555

Langthwaite, near Richmond, Swaledale

£342-£782

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This charming cottage provides luxury accommodation within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ideal for those looking for a relaxing escape to the country.
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Galway House ref: UK2415

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£333-£578

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Galway House is perfect for a romantic break in the beautiful Swaledale with its wildflower meadows, waterfalls and many walking and cycling routes.
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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£302-£627

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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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Poppy Cottage ref: UK2097

Gilling West, near Richmond, Swaledale

£285-£689

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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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Holly Cottage ref: B6071

Richmond, Swaledale

£206-£545

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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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    1
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Neddy House ref: CC219025

Grinton near Reeth, Swaledale

£1127-£2671

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Beautifully restored Grade II listed traditional dales house, offering a magnificent mix of original and contemporary style.
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    12
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Brookside ref: UK10036

Langthwaite, near Reeth, Swaledale

£340-£804

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In a quiet village setting, this cottage has endless places to visit nearby including Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn and Richmond.
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    3
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    1
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Ingledew Cottage ref: IVG

Richmond, Swaledale

£351-£839

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Set just off the cobbled square in Richmond, guarded by its castle, there’s spectacular scenery just minutes away waiting to be explored.
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The Garth ref: CC211158

Gunnerside, Swaledale

£234-£780

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The Garth is a delightful bungalow offering spacious accommodation and spectacular views of the surrounding area. A perfect base for exploring the nearby villages of Muker and Reeth.
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    3
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC211235

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£265-£655

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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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Newbiggin Cottage ref: CC219014

Richmond, Swaledale

£319-£602

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Delightful cottage situated beside the church in the fashionable area of Newbiggin.
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    1
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    2
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Tavern Cottages - Brandy Lodge ref: UK2256

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

£329-£750

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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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Barn Owl Cottage ref: DC2224

Easby, near Richmond, Swaledale

£458-£735

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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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    3
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The Annex ref: UK2447

Richmond, Swaledale

£0-£0

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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk passes just yards from this studio apartment, which is a perfect base for couples who love the great outdoors.
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    1
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South View Cottage ref: UK2241

Tunstall, near Richmond, Swaledale

£286-£722

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Close to the historic town of Richmond, with its castle and cobbled town centre, this property is perfect for a break amidst beautiful Yorkshire scenery.
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