"Capital of Swaledale" Reeth by Sjalen

Reeth Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 79 photos

Reeth is the biggest village in Swaledale as it was a very important centre for lead mining in the Dales and when that stopped, it was already established as a hub. It lies just where Swaledale meets the smaller Arkengarthdale to the north and has that crossroads feel to it with a huge Green which is cut in two by the main road and which is lined with nice pubs. It is all overlooked by the dramatic Fremington Edge cliff, like a horseshoe just north of the village.

As the biggest village, this is the place with more Bed and Breakfasts than anywhere in Swaledale and it is in general one of its livelier places, not least during Reeth Market in late spring. Most visitors stop here as they are either driving around the Dales or walking along the Coast to Coast.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, nice pubs, central Dales location
  • Cons:poor public transport, ugly car parking solutions
  • In a nutshell:A walk down the river then a pint in a pub or two!
  • Last visit to Reeth: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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