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.

Pinfold Cottage

4 star rating

Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£465-£805

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£465-£805

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Ingledew Cottage

4 star rating

Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£429-£839

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£429-£839

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

West Cottage

4 star rating

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£445-£995

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Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

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£445-£995

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Tavern Cottages - Tavern Cottage

4 star rating

Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£405-£745

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Newsham, near Richmond, Swaledale

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£405-£745

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Green

4 star rating

Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£435-£755

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£435-£755

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

School House

4 star rating

Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£829-£1835

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Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£829-£1835

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Parky Mews

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Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£339-£575

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£339-£575

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Swallowholm

4 star rating

Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£359-£735

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Arkengarthdale, Swaledale

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£359-£735

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Ellerton House

4 star rating

Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£705-£2789

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£705-£2789

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 3

Upside Down Cottage

4 star rating

Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£319-£615

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£319-£615

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Barn Owl Cottage

4 star rating

Easby, near Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£470-£760

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Easby, near Richmond, Swaledale

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£470-£760

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Curlew Cottage

4 star rating

Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£355-£610

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Low Row near Reeth, Swaledale

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£355-£610

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Throstle Nest House

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near Reeth, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£599-£1509

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near Reeth, Swaledale

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£599-£1509

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Meadow View

4 star rating

Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£359-£637

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Thwaite near Hawes, Swaledale

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£359-£637

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Grange Cottage

4 star rating

Ovington, near Richmond, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£435-£849

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Ovington, near Richmond, Swaledale

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£435-£849

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2