"Swaledale junction" Muker by Sjalen

Muker Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 30 photos

Muker, between Gunnerside and Thwaite in the upper end of Swaledale, is a pretty village tucked in between the fells by a beck and with a nice atmosphere to it. It's name might sound more like "mucous" to your ears, and you'd be right in thinking that it doesn't sound English, but that is because it is a Norwegian name like so many others in Swaledale. Its original name was Mjor-Aker, meaning small cultivated field (a field is aker in Norwegian still and åker in Swedish). People have farmed here for ages and still do, as you can see from all the sheep pen stone walls beneath the fells. This all comes to a peak in September every year when the Muker Show takes place with sheep dog trials and other competitions.

I have only stayed here briefly but hope to come back to walk one day. If you have a car, this is also a nice place to stop when going between Swaledale and Wensleydale as the scenic turn-off towards Wensleydale is just outside the village and you then get to see Buttertubs Pass which I describe in my Hawes page.

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  • Pros:scenic, pretty
  • Cons:poor public transport
  • In a nutshell:Walking, shopping and tea drinking
  • Last visit to Muker: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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