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Visit Reeth

Reeth is one of the most beautiful Villages in the Yorkshire dales,Reeth lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet. The most northerly of these is Arkengarthdale, which is relatively unexplored and one of the more tranquil dales. The other, Swaledale, is formed from gentle slopes as the meandering Swale winds its way to Richmond.Reeth at the junction of these two dales,is at the heart of Swaledale. Reeth has a large village green where traditional events and markets are often held with 5 hotels and 3 pubs, and around 6 small shops.It Is one of the most beautiful areas of the world and it's only a car drive away from you or a trip on the train.

Those who like walks there are some great walks short and long and gentle strolls along the swale paths and many more within a short car journey.It is nice in the summer,but it's probably most beautiful in Winter, large rolling hills covered in Snow, if your lucky the rivers ice over enough for people to go walking on them, and along the way are welcoming pubs with open fires and fine ales. Reeth.not is not as well known as it's adjacent Valley, Wensleydale, but it probably is a village with least changes, with Reeth being the pick.There is lots to do,

The Swale river runs close by as does the Arkle beck, and they both meet about 1/2 a mile from the village. This is excellent for Fishermen who fancy the challenge of catching out of the wild trout that are in the river (short term passes being available, and the river is stocked annually). The river is also a good place to swim, above Keld, a short drive up dale, has a water fall with a deep plunge pool which is a bit of a local secrete and this is great for swimming diving etc.

There are a few golf courses which are around a 10-15 miles away for anyone who would like to spoil a perfectly good walk by stopping to hit a ball about 70 times. There are swimming pools and gyms not far away, and a few other sports facilities for those who don't find the hill a big enough challenge. There are lots of other things to see, a folk museum, Reeth brass band, the local churches as well as the many old houses, pubs(used in films on occasions)and other buildings such as barns or old lead mines. Reeth is a popular place with visitors to the Dales, and has many tea rooms in which you can relax, perhaps after a stroll along the river, and interesting craft shops producing traditional, high quality products.

In the 18th Century Reeth was the capital of the lead mining industry. Its history can be traced in the Folk Museum, which houses exhibits illustrating the life and traditions of Swaledale, and outlining the principle theme of lead mining. Reeth was the capital of this industry, with a population of 1460 in its heyday. Cheaper foreign imports doomed the Swaledale companies and by 1885, the area was already converting to the idyllic farming community that we see today. Nearby is Grinton with its Norman church, the Jacobean-style pulpit, "Lepers Squint" and stained glass are worth inspection. The scattered villages in their dramatically beautiful settings, all have stories to tell.

The hardy sheep here have a pedigree that dates back to the time of the Viking settlers and may be seen wherever you travel throughout this lovely dale. Richmond, Barnard Castle, Leyburn and Hawes are all within half an hours drive, and there is no shortage of eating houses in Reeth to enjoy after a long days walking or sightseeing.

Market Days in the Area

Reeth from Fremington, Swaledale

Monday: Darlington

Tuesday: Hawes

Wednesday: Northallerton & Barnard Castle

Thursday: -

Friday: Reeth & Leyburn

Saturday: Richmond, Darlington & Northallerton .