Reeth must be one of the largest villages in the Yorkshire Dales, but this was not always so as Grinton was originally the most important settlement in upper Swaledale having a church and Christian burial ground. After mining began in the dale Reeth prospered and now boasts three public houses, a school, cafes, a hotel, village shop and post office, two bakeries. There is also the Swaledale Museum, a National Park Centre, a community centre, the Evangelical Congregational Church, Reeth Methodist Chapel and Reeth Memorial Hall. Nearby villages include Fremington and Healaugh.
The village has a magnificent central green with the buildings encircling and proudly sits on the hill side looking down to the River Swale. Arkle Beck rushes down the east side of the village to meet with the River Swale near Grinton.
Take a picnic and perch on the green for a while, enjoy the walks from the village. For wonderful afternoon tea try the Burgoyne Hotel, always best to book. The pubs offer a warm welcome, The Black Bull dates back to 1680, long before the miners arrived, the Buck Inn from 1780. Enjoy glorious homemade scones and cakes at the cafes and don’t forget to visit the bakeries, fatal though, be warned! Do spend some time in the Swaledale Museum which is quite fascinating. Apparently the National Park Centre has a community walled garden round the back. Must make a point of seeking this out next time in Reeth.
We don’t have cottages in Swaledale but it is a truly wonderful journey over from Wensleydale, pick a clear day and its breath taking. We’d love to hear from you, do give me Nadine or my daughter Joanne a call on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice or of course book online if you wish. See you soon!
Written By Nadine Bell