THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Here are some of the things on offer....
there's lots more to discover.....
Most days of the week there will be a lively market somewhere within half an hours drive where you will be able to buy fresh fish, vegetables, meat and cheese.There are also several farm shops in the area offering fresh produce, meals & snacks.
The late summer is show season in the outdoors and in large marquees. Expect to see sheep dog trials, livestock judging, brass bands, vintage tractors & cars, local arts & crafts & prize produce. Wensleydale & Reeth Shows are held in late August, Muker on the first Wednesday of September.
History and archaeology
The area is rich in archaeology and history. Buildings, walls & field patterns are evidence of the area's agricultural & industrial past, including dairy farming & lead mining. Some historic structures remain in use in today but many others are ruinous. Museums in Reeth & Hawes focus on the culture, economy and community of the upper dales. There are four important castles within a short driving distance, including 13th century Middleham (shown above), all open to the public.
This part of Yorkshire hosts major competitive races, including the Tour de France in 2014 (shown passing through nearby Low Row in the photo above) & there are regular mountain bike events. The family friendly Swale Trail follows bridleways & paths at low level between Reeth and Keld. The Dales Bike Centre hires out & sells bikes. More information at www.dalesbikecentre.co.uk
At the end of May and early June the Swaledale Festival brings musicians, speakers and performers of the highest calibre to the dale. If you would like to be alerted to ticket sale for future festival events you can sign up to the mailing list at www.swalefest.org/Whats-On/Programme
The National Park Centre and Community Information Office in Hudson House in Reeth is a good starting point for information, maps and guides and local advice.