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Hawes, North Dales

Details for Swaledale

Swaledale is one of the northern and more remote of the Yorkshire Dales set close to the Pennine Way and the market town of Hawes. Swaledale is well known for its spectacular wildflower meadows which in June and early July are ablaze with colour.

Swaledale runs from west to east to the town of Richmond. Villages in Swaledale include Reeth, Low Row, Grinton, Gunnerside, Thwaite, Keld and Muker. It is not far from the Pennine Way, and the nearest market town is Hawes only 7 miles away to the South, Richmond and Leyburn lie to the East. It provides an ideal spot for those wishing to get away from everyday pressures and has many places to explore; there are also endless opportunities for all different kinds of walks.

In Upper Swaledale and Arkengarthdale you will find nature at its best. Here, the high mountains which head the valley have names such as Blea Barf and Rogan's Seat which echo the Vikings that settled in the area 1,000 years ago.

Moorland streams flow down the valley sides into lush green pastures. England's fastest flowing river, The River Swale winds its way through a maze of fields which are lined with stone walls and dotted with stone barns.

This area of the Dales has been shaped by the generations of people who have lived here over the years; they have left behind a legacy of history and legend. The local dialect and village place names still reflect the language of the Viking. The Romans were the start of the lead mining in the hills. There are...


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