Bridgedown House ref: UK2324

Richmond, Swaledale

4 Stars



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Bridgedown House is a detached house set within a quiet location between the River Swale and the station and is just a ten minute uphill walk to the heart of the town. Richmond has a cobbled market place, where there are shops, restaurants, tea shops, art galleries, an 11th-century castle (run by English Heritage) and a Georgian theatre. The last train left Richmond station in 1969 and thanks to volunteers the building was reborn in 2007 as The Station and is now a bustling centre hosting art and craft exhibitions, a three-screen cinema, café, shop selling interesting jewellery, cards and textiles, an award-winning bakery/delicatessen, micro-brewery and an ice cream parlour. On the same site there is an indoor swimming pool and health club. A riverside path passes the back gate of the property and there is a gentle walk to the ruins of Easby Abbey. Cross the nearby road bridge and there is another delightful easy riverside walk to the falls and, for the more energetic, you can continue on to Billy Banks Woods and beyond. Fronting the historic market place and open to the public from April to October, Millgate House’s award-winning garden is a quiet oasis and gardener’s paradise.
Richmond is close to the A1/A66 junction at Scotch Corner and is well placed to visit Swaledale, Wensleydale and the North York Moors. The Coast to Coast walk passes by the Station and through Swaledale but there are also many other walks to be enjoyed. Nearby Reeth is considered to be the capital of Swaledale and is a good starting point for walks and cycling. Travelling between Reeth and Gunnerside, you can see the distinctive Swaledale stone barns and meadows enclosed by dry stone walls and in late spring/early summer a circular walk from Muker to Keld takes you through beautiful wildflower meadows alongside the river. From Muker in Swaledale, the Buttertubs Pass offers an exhilarating route over moorland to Hawes in Wensleydale where you can visit the Wensleydale Creamery and try Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese. Leyburn is a charming town with a Friday market in the main square and nearby Middleham has a magnificant castle and is also well known for its racing stables. There are a number of waterfalls in the area including Hardraw Force near Hawes, known for its height, and pretty Aysgarth Falls which featured in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Crossing over the A1 road, you can visit Kiplin Hall and gardens on your way to the busy market town of Northallerton and from there head for the North York Moors. In Pickering you can take the North York Moors Railway all the way to Whitby with its abbey prominent on the cliff top overlooking the town and sea. Rievaulx Abbey is one of England’s most complete monastic ruins and the largest, Fountains Abbey (free to National Trust and English Heritage members) is near Ripon. To the north-west, Barnard Castle in Teesdale offers an historic market town, castle and the French-style chateau of the Bowes Museum housing a collection of European fine and decorative arts. Shop and pub ¾ mile, restaurant 50 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living/dining room: With gas coal-effect fire, 43" Freesat Smart TV, DVD player and patio doors leading to garden.
Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, 2 fridge/freezers, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over P-shaped bath, toilet, bidet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 4: With double bed.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack and doggy extras.


Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: Couples and family bookings only. There are 3 steps in the garden.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    ¾ mile
  • Distance
  • Restaurant
    50 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    ¾ mile
  • Railway station distance
    10.0 miles
  • Lake
    3 miles

About the local area

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.

Things to do nearby

Arkle Moor Riding Centre
Arkle Moor Riding Centre

A small riding centre just outside the dales village of Reeth.

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

The Forbidden Corner

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Bolton Castle

Completed in 1399, Bolton Castle has a rich past including connections with Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1568 under orders from Elizabeth I. Open all year round.


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!

The Swaledale Museum
The Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers where displays of local heritage from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale can be viewed.

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, on a cliff above the River Swale near the town of Richmond is believed to be one of the oldest stone-built castles surviving today. The most impressive and best preserved area of the castle is the Great Keep, which stands over 100 feet tall.

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