Swaledale is at the northern extremity of the
Yorkshire Dales, named after its river the Swale. This eventually flows into
the River Ure. The River Swale has a reputation as one of the fastest rising
rivers in the country.
The Dale was famous as a lead mining area and
various remains can be seen especially in the Gunnerside area.
Generally, this predominately limestone Dale
is more rugged than the others with miles of moorland to explore. Some of
the towns and villages have changed very little for decades. There are no
large scale towns.
Sheep farming is the main type of farming and
a very hardy breed of sheep is named after the Dale (Swaledale). Swaledales
produce good flavoured lamb and mutton.
The Coast to Coast walk passes through the
down to see the Swaledale walks (or walks starting just off Swaledale).
you will require Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales, see Accommodation
For Walkers page.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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