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A natural amphitheatre, surrounded by spectacular scenery and stunning panoramas, Reeth was championed by Ella Pontefract, one of the Yorkshire Dale’s most esteemed authors as “a little country in itself.” This quirky Saxon settlement had a huge voice in the domestic economy and is best known for its extensive contribution to England’s lead industry – (in its heyday Reeth was producing over 10% of the country’s lead), as a result it is regularly referred to as the capital of Swaledale.
Keep your eyes out for the annual Swaledale Festival which is a two week festival of music and arts based in the two most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales, Swaledale and Wensleydale.
Reeth on the Map
Reeth lies up-stream of Grinton and Fremington in Swaledale. A fork in the road takes you over past the CB Inn and Tan Hill Inn, to the A66 beyond, or offers a scenic drive to Barnard Castle. Alternatively you can meander up dale to the delights of Upper Swaledale, or travel down dale to the brighter lights of Richmond.
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FAQs about Reeth
What is Reeth best known for?
Reeth’s primary industry and contribution to the UK was lead mining. The area around Reeth was responsible for over 10% of the UK’s lead, when the industry was in full swing.
Which dale is Reeth in?
Reeth lies in Swaledale, and sits at the foot of Arkengarthdale which drains into Swaledale at Reeth.