Activities in Swaledale

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Walking • Alfresco Adventures • Mountain Biking The Dales Bike Centre • Bird Watching


Muker and the surrounding area is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, its protected wildflower hay meadows and its varied footpaths. There are walks to suit all tastes and abilities straight from the pub door (and conveniently, also leading back to the pub door!)
One of our favourite routes is the circular walk from Muker to Keld - a nice gentle stroll along the river Swale to Keld, then back to Muker over Kisdon Hill where the views of the upper dale are second to none. You can find a map & description of this walk, along with a selection of other local walks, on the website.
Swaledale also features as part of the longer hikes such as the Coast-to-Coast and The Pennine Way. The Herriot Way in particular is a fantastic walk and not quite so far nor as daunting as the other two. Taking about 4 days in total to complete the 52 mile circular, it’s perfect for a short walking holiday

Visit for a good selection of UK maps and guides available from all the leading publishers including our own range of unique walking guides that we publish ourselves...

Alfresco Adventures

If you're the more adventurous type (or you'd like to be), then you can try your hand at Climbing, Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountaineering and other similar activities through the Dales based company; Alfresco Adventures.

For more information, then please visit their website:

Mountain Biking The Dales Bike Centre

The mountain bike experts, they know the area and the best biking routes, they also offer skills courses, guided tours, bike hire and servicing. The cafe is well worth a visit, especially on a Friday when, if you’re lucky, you might bag yourself a slice of the Friday Showstopper cake! We’re also told the bacon sandwiches are something a bit special!

Location: Parks Barn, Fremington nr Reeth,

Bird Watching

Swaledale provides a diverse range of habitat for nesting birds and it’s therefore much loved by keen bird watchers. The moorlands are alive with the haunting cries of the Curlew and Golden Plover. Swallows and Wagtails skim over the rivers and becks whilst Dippers bob up and down on the rocks. With its abundance of frequently seen species to rare treats which may include sightings of the Ring Ousel, Treecreeper and Crossbill; Swaledale is a magical place for the lover of wild bird life.

Fishing the River Swale

The upper Swale between Muker and Reeth is a particularly delightful stretch of river with both wild and stocked brown trout. The river is stocked annually by a local angling club which issues permits to fish along several miles of river from Muker down to Reeth.
The upper reach from Muker to Gunnerside is readily fished by walking to the banks of the River Swale from Muker or parking at Ivelet or Gunnerside. It is mostly fished with fly although other methods are allowed.
Day tickets (£10) from Reeth and District Angling Club allow you to fish 5 beats from Muker down to below Reeth.
Visit the RADAC website for more details.