Photograph: Richmond marketplace on a Saturday morning, which is market day in the busy town.

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Local expertise

As one of England’s most vibrant regions, Swaledale is host to a number of speciality shops and stalls which utilise local craftsmanship and most importantly stay loyal to age old methods of artistry and production. Friday is market day on Reeth Green, where you can grab a bargain from the range of unique local crafts and produce. For beautiful clothing visit Swaledale Woollens in Muker, where you’ll find organically spun woollen garments, rotated on 19th century spinning mules; many of which have real horn buttons.

Shop at your own pace

With a diverse range of independent retailers nestled in this beautiful town, there’s something for everyone, and Swaledale is known for making its shopper’s feel at home with its friendly atmosphere. Visit The Garden House in Reeth, which stocks fine pottery, kitchenware, textiles and more, or The Old Temperance Book Shop which specialises in Christian literature as well as fairtrade products. Bikers flock to Dales Bike Centre which offers skills courses and a selection of high-end mountain bikes for hire or purchase. There’s also Reeth Post Office, the Organic Bakery, village store, a car garage and even a gift shop for all your visitor essentials.

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