I was lucky enough recently to spend a fabulous weekend in the Swaledale village of Reeth along with a couple of my Gorgeous Cottages colleagues (Marion and Maureen).
We were all taken aback by the stunning scenery in Reeth. This very charming village in Swaledale is absolutely gorgeous and whichever way we looked we could see the beautiful green hills of the Yorkshire Dales.
Enjoy village life
As soon as you throw open the front door and step outside you’ll feel part of village life. We wandered around Reeth village green and were spoilt for choice of pubs, tea rooms and lovely shops to browse.
I recommend calling in Fleece – it’s a community shop that has crafts, jewellery and candles (the fragrances are exactly like Jo Malone but for a fraction of the price).
A riverside walk to Grinton
The River Swale runs right along the bottom of the village and you can walk along it in both directions (or even have a paddle if you fancy). I recommend taking a cone with you from the popular ice cream parlour in Reeth and heading for the river.
We decided to walk along to the village of Grinton (it’s about a mile away) and call in The Bridge Inn for a drink or two. The weather was glorious so we managed to bag a seat outside and watch the world (and various cyclists) go by. If you’re lucky (and we were) you’ll hear the bells chiming from the church across the road – it’s a gorgeous way to while away a few hours and we felt totally relaxed by the time we left.
Walking back we decided to try another route which took us over to the other side of the River Swale and past lots of frolicking Spring lambs.
This way took us around the other side of Reeth and over the historic swing bridge (a good spot for a photo).
There’s so many stunning views (and sheep) along the way that it’s hard to know where to start. You’ll definitely want to take your time and drink in this Swaledale landscape.
Rambling and ambling
I like the fact that you can find a variety of walks to try whether you are a serious walker or more of an ambler. My colleagues both arrived with proper walking shoes but I managed OK with my regular boots (though this maybe isn’t the recommended footwear).
Everyone we met along the way (both people and dogs) were very friendly and it was lovely to see so many people out and about and enjoying the sunshine!
There’s plenty of country ppubs round here so you can take your pick of where to eat (though we do recommend booking for a Saturday night to make sure you can get a table). The Bridge Inn at Grinton and the various pubs in Reeth all do food with lots of traditional British choices on the menu.
We plumped for The Buck Inn (we recommend getting a table in the bar area which comes with roaring log fire) and were impressed with the tasty food and generous portions (just what you need after a day of walking).
The Punch Bowl Inn at Low Row and The Farmers Arms at Muker are both well-known gastro pubs that are not far from Reeth too so there are plenty of options to try.
It’s well worth venturing to some of the nearby Swaledale villages like Low Row and Muker. If you decide to travel by bike, the Dales Bike Centre is on the outskirts of the village and you can hire Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes and even an E-Bike (perfect if you need a bit of extra pedal power) if you don’t fancy bringing your own.
Reeth is an ideal base for cycle holidays too – the Swale Trail is due to open very shortly and is designed to be an easy-going valley-bottom bike route that’s suitable for families. Especially as it will be 75% traffic-free.
It’s also well worth calling into the Georgian Market Town of Richmond (just over 10 miles away from Reeth) which has lots of restaurants shops and things to do.
Enjoy a country getaway to Reeth!
All in all, Reeth makes the perfect country getaway. I think it’s an ideal choice for couples, family’s and groups of friends alike.This blog was written by Marketing Manager, Julie Smith. Meet the Gorgeous Cottages team.
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