Swaledale is one of the major valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. It remains relatively unchanged and with no disrespect to the other Dales is particularly special. Throughout its length the dale remains steep sided and loses little grandeur. Swaledale’s collection of idyllic villages include Low Row, Reeth, Keld, Thwaite, Muker, Gunnerside. Patchwork fields are filled with barns, wild flower meadows and huddles of stone cottages.
Swaledale’s varied walking leads from meadows to moors, waterfalls and idyllic riverbanks teaming with wildlife. An intense concentration of 19th century lead mining remains ,feature at almost every corner and England’s highest pub The Tan Hill sits amid old coal mines.
This region is home to some of Yorkshire’s best walking and cycling. When it comes to beauty, peace and tranquility, Swaledale has it all.
There’s so much to do in this area, castles, museums, concerts, mountain bike festivals, climbing, cycling, walking, fishing, craft shops, local cuisine for fine dining, tea rooms with scrummy cakes. It’s great to step out of the fast lane, slow down and enjoy Swaledale in Yorkshire.