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.

The Coach House

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Fremington, near Richmond, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£705-£1459

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Fremington, near Richmond, Swaledale

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£705-£1459

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Vale View

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Richmond, Swaledale

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

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£279-£749

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£279-£749

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

2 Swallowholm Cottages

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Arkengarthdale, near Reeth, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£375-£675

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Arkengarthdale, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£375-£675

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

Tetheran Cottage

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Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£0-£645

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Marrick, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£0-£645

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Dunsa Lodge

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Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

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

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£353-£560

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Dalton near Richmond, Swaledale

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£353-£560

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Stoneleigh

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Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

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

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£375-£700

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Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£375-£700

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Hill Top

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Richmond, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£385-£849

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£385-£849

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

Rokeby House

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Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

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

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£639-£1029

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Reeth, near Richmond, Swaledale

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£639-£1029

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Castle View

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Richmond, Swaledale, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 3
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£629-£1419

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Richmond, Swaledale, Swaledale

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£629-£1419

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Scarr House Farm

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Muker, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£679-£2509

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Muker, Swaledale

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£679-£2509

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Marrick Cottage

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Richmond, Swaledale

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

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£315-£779

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Richmond, Swaledale

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£315-£779

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

School House

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Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

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

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£775-£1835

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Gunnerside, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£775-£1835

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Thea’s Cottage

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Satron near Gunnerside, Reeth, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£325-£915

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Satron near Gunnerside, Reeth, Swaledale

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£325-£915

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

Brookside

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Langthwaite, near Reeth, Swaledale

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£349-£879

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Langthwaite, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£349-£879

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Wayside Farm

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Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£495-£1015

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Muker, near Reeth, Swaledale

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£495-£1015

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