Yorkshire Dales guide to
Swaledale and Arkengarthdale
Swaledale is famous for its hardy breed of sheep and the spectacular
wildflower meadows which are a blaze of colour in June and early
July. A deep and winding valley, this is an ideal spot for
those who wish to forget the pressures of the twentieth century.
Reeth, the 'capital' of Swaledale has easy access to unspoiled and varied landscapes.
There is a variety of inns, hotels, cafes, and craft shops around its village
The villages of Swaledale are full of corners to explore and there are endless
opportunities for walking.
The northernmost dale in the district is the remote valley of Arkengarthdale.
Leading from Reeth in Swaledale, the Arkengarthdale road rises steeply
into leadmining country; an industry which thrived here until the
turn of the century. Perhaps more sparsely populated than other
dales, it has a bleak and dramatic appeal.
two small villages of Arkle Town and Langthwaite blend into the landscape, and
the latter may look familiar as it was featured in the opening shots of the
first series of "All Creatures Great and Small". The road leads on
to Tan Hill where the highest pub in England stands exposed and lonely, surrounded
by moorland and grazing sheep.
Another Herriot location can be found en route from Arkengarthdale to Swaledale
where a shallow ford crosses the moorland road. This is breathtaking walking
country and views and wildlife will delight the seasoned walker as well as anyone
out for a short stroll from the car or nearby pub.
Centred around a vast cobbled market place, Richmond boasts a rich and vivid
history. Set high up, the Castle dominates the Richmond skyline and views from
the top of the massive keep look between the folding hills of Swaledale to the
west and the vast acres of the Vale of York to the east and south.
has an abundance of places to explore and volunteer guides will
be happy to share Richmond's secrets on a Wednesday or Sunday afternoon
during the summer. Museums describe the history of the Green Howards
Regiment and its association with the town.
Those interested in social history will enjoy a visit to the Richmondshire
Museum which has a scale model of the old Richmond railway station and the set
of the vet's surgery from James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small".
The Georgian Theatre Royal is one of Richmond's treasures and still comes alive
with a wide range of performances from jazz to Dryden and for those wishing
to see behind the scenes a tour of the museum gives a fascinating insight into