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.

East Cottage ref: UK2248

Booze, near Reeth, Swaledale

£350-£794

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3 star rating
East Cottage
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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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AD Coach House Cottage ref: UK2375

Fremington, near Reeth, Swaledale

£364-£782

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4 star rating
This fantastic cottage located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is ideal for nature lovers as there are many walking and cycling opportunities nearby.
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    3
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    1
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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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    8
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    3
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Penn Cottage ref: CC219023

Richmond, Swaledale

£291-£331

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This charming cottage is beautifully presented and ideally located in the heart of Richmond
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Scarr House Farm ref: CC211191

Muker, Swaledale

£649-£2424

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Attached farm house sleeping 11/12 in peaceful Swaledale between the villages of Muker and Thwaite.
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  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    5
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Greystones ref: UK2437

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£453-£785

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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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    3
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    3
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    2
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Kernot Cottage ref: CC219033

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£299-£632

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3 star rating
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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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Upside Down Cottage ref: UK2269

Richmond, Swaledale

£281-£640

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4 star rating
One visit to this beautiful area just won’t be enough, but come to Upside Down Cottage and start exploring!
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    1
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Galway House ref: UK2415

Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

£0-£294

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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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    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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    5
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Jasmine Cottage ref: DC1256

Richmond, Swaledale

£294-£536

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A lovely converted old coach-house in a peaceful setting
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Mill Cottage ref: UK2001

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£412-£793

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5 star rating
Beautiful converted barn finished to an excellent standard discreetly tucked away between the Yorkshire Dales and County Durham.
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    2
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Abraham’s Cottage ref: UK2555

Langthwaite, near Richmond, Swaledale

£400-£750

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4 star rating
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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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    2
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    2
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Holmedale Cottage ref: CC211137

Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

£283-£605

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3 star rating
This character cottage offers cosy and welcoming accommodation with stone flagged floors, exposed beams and a lovely garden overlooking the church.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Harriet’s Cottage ref: CC211234

Muker near Reeth, Swaledale

£301-£860

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4 star rating
Set in an elevated position in the peaceful village of Muker with fantastic rural views from every room!
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    4
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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