Swale Way

A self-guided walking holiday through the heart of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

4 to 7 nights
34-76 miles
Moderate to Moderate/Demanding

From £350 per person

Swale Way

Walking along a river all the way to its source is something explorers have done since the earliest times, and the Swale Way invites you to delve into the tradition. This tranquil, chiefly low-level walk traces the course of the River Swale from its confluence with the River Ure, all the way to its source in the windswept hills above Swaledale.

Meandering along riverbanks and through farmland, it visits cobbled Thirsk, the ruin of Easby Abbey, and Richmond, one of the most beautiful towns in England. An upward hike along paths to the top of Swaledale awards fabulous views across the patchwork fields below, and the gathering grounds of the Swale await near Keld, surrounded by flower-filled meadows and tiny field barns.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.