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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.
While Reeth is a solid day trip from the more popular cities like Leeds and York, if it’s tranquillity and rugged beauty you’re yearning, the area around Reeth in Swaledale is an ideal place to base yourself, as there are several great local pubs and restaurants, as well as a handy convenience store. Ever popular with walkers, Reeth has a range of good accommodation options.
Also see B&B options in Reeth.
2 Brown Hill2 Brown Hill, 2 Brown Hill, Low Row, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6NB, United Kingdom
A D Coach HouseA D Coach House, A D Coach House, Fremington, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6AW, United Kingdom
Hope Cottage SouthHope Cottage South, Hope Cottage South, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6SF, United Kingdom
The Old Store, 2 Alpine TerraceThe Old Store, 2 Alpine Terrace, 2 Alpine Terrace, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6TN, United Kingdom
Dibble CottageDibble Cottage, Dibble Cottage, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6SF, United Kingdom
Shepherd’s LodgeShepherd’s Lodge, Shepherds Lodge Farm, Arkengarthdale, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6RS, United Kingdom
Hobson’s CottageHobson’s Cottage, Hobsons, Fremington, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6AS, United Kingdom
Cross Beck CottageCross Beck Cottage, Cross Beck Cottage, Grinton, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6HN, United Kingdom
Alpine Cottages No. 4Alpine Cottages No. 4, 4 Alpine Terrace, Reeth, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6TN, United Kingdom
Reeth on the Map
Reeth is the largest town in upper Swaledale, and can be reached from the East by following the beautiful B6270 from Richmond. From the North, you drop into Reeth from the wild beauty of Arkengarthdale, passing Tan Hill and the CB Inn on the way from the A66.
To the South, you can head through Grinton and over Grinton Moor to Leyburn.
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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.
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.