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26 miles from Richmond to Dale Head - the valley of the river Swale in its many aspects.
Here you will find Nature at its best. There are high mountains at the head of these valleys whose evocative names such as Blea Barf, Great Shunner Fell and Rogan's Seat echo the voices of the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago.

Sparkling moorland streams cascade down the valley sides through pastures touched by a thousand shades of green. The River Swale, England's fastest flowing river, threads its way through a maze of fields dotted with stone barns. 

Over generations the people of these Dales have shaped the landscape and left a legacy of history, folklore and legend. The language of the Vikings can still be heard all around in the local dialect and the village place-names. 

Above text copyright of Mark Reid, author of The Inn Way series of walking guidebooks."

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Swaledale field patterns showing traditional dry stone walls. Nearly every field has a barn for feed and winter shelter. - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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BlueBell Woods - off the road from Richmond to Reeth - Acres if Bluebells appear here in late winter / spring. - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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Looking Down dale from Low Row towards Reeth from the Birdsnest Walk - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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Wintering sheep with traditional stone field barn in background - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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Old Gang smelt mill at Surrender Bridge - one of many relics of the Lead Mining days. - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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Rainbow over Low Row. - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


The 4 Seasons - Taken from the old Corpse Way - above Low Row.

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Spring floods on the Swale - Photo' by Nicki Oliver

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Summer Light - Photo' by Nicki Oliver

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Autumn Floods - Photo' by Nicki Oliver

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Winter Snows - Photo' by Nicki Oliver

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Sunrise from the same viewpoint with the sun glinting off the river . - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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Looking over Swaledale from the Buttertubs Pass. - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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The Swale at Mouse Hall - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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Two Aspects of Thirns Wood, Healaugh. - Photo's by Nicki Oliver


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Flora - Photo's by Nicki Oliver


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Fauna - some locals - Photo' by Nicki Oliver


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High Row - Reeth - showing the house on the right that was use in the movie 'All Creatures Great and Small' to represent James Herriot's home and surgery 'Skelldale House' - Photo courtesy of


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High Row and the Buck hotel - Reeth - Photo courtesy of


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View of Reeth from Grinton Moor - Photo courtesy of


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