Family fun and Adventure in Reeth, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.


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Looking for a day out with the kids - turn off the TV, lock up the games console and have a great time with the children. Whatever the weather and whatever their age, just click on the link to discover loads of fantastic family friendly attractions just round the corner and all over the Dales.
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Our recommended places to visit when passing through or staying in and around Reeth.

In Reeth  

Reeth Swaledale Museum

Swaledale Museum - Set in the picturesque village of Reeth in the heart of the Dales, this museum based in the 1836 Methodist School Room tells the story of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale via its geology, lead mining, local culture and crafts.

Reeth Show

Reeth Show - The 2009 Reeth & District Agricultural Show is set for Wednesday, 26th August. This year's main attraction is Ben Potter's Eagle & Vulture Show with a display in the main ring, audience participation and a chance to get 'up close and personal' with a large bird of prey at his show stand and even a chance to handle them. Come and meet Oska the European Eagle Owl or the new American Bald Eagle as well as many more for a spectacular flight display.

Reeth Playground

Reeth village Playground - A great place for children to burn off the excess energy and have some fun. Recently refurbished with safety matting and clean, safe low level climbing frame and swings. The Playground is an excellent stopping off place on your way down to the Swing Bridge or maybe after the Ice Cream Parlour! Children under 14 only please and NO DOGS.

Reeth swing bridge over the River Swale

The 'Swing Bridge' and River Swale short walks - Just a short walk out of the village will get you to our famous 'swing' bridge over the River Swale. Rebuilt in 2002 following a major flood in 2000 which took away the old bridge. Take one of two lovely riverside walks from the bridge. Take a left turn towards Grinton or, right towards Healaugh and the stepping-stones. Both walks are approx 2 miles and are ideal for all the family. See our Photograph Gallery for pictures.

Shops Cafes Tea Rooms Gift Shops in Reeth

Reeth's gift shops, cafes and galleries - There's something for everyone in one of Reeth's specialist craft shops. Plenty of local crafts and original artwork can be found in one of the galleries in the village. There's plenty of opportunity to relax, eat and drink too in one of Reeth's traditional cafes, tea rooms and ice-cream parlours. Take a look at our Business Directory for more information.

In Swaledale & Arkengarthdale

Hazel Brow Farm - a 200 acre, family run, organic farm in the heart of Swaledale. Famous for its beautiful Herriot scenery and only 1 mile from the picturesque 'watersplash ' ford featured in the BBC series 'All Creatures Great And Small'. The diversified farm offers a wide selection of activities for all the family: Visitor centre, Cafe & shop, Supervised animal handling sessions, Walks, Farm produce,  Seasonal demonstrations, Souvenirs & Gifts and Children's play area.

Arklemoor Riding Centre - has a variety of horses and ponies to suit all levels of ability. Treks are from one hour to all day over the beautiful moorlands of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. Riding holidays are also available. Open all year.

old gang smelt mill

Old Gang Mine - The ruins of an extensive lead mining complex, northwest of Healaugh between Swaledale and Arkengarthdale provide an excellent 'short walk and explore' opportunity for all the family. The track up to the mine is suitable for all ages, off-road type prams and bicycles. Plenty of sheltered areas for picnics either up by the mine or, by the 'Water-splash' ford made famous by the opening credits from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

Muker Village Swaledale

Muker Village - A classic Yorkshire Dales picture postcard village towards the top of Swaledale. Muker is well worth the short drive up the Dale from Reeth. Pass through Gunnerside and the stunning views of the traditional field barns and pastures. Muker is the quintessential English Country village!

Tan Hill Inn near Reeth in Swaledale

Tan Hill Inn - Gt.Britain's highest Inn and well worth a visit. Not just a pub in the middle of nowhere, Tan Hill Inn is a curiosity that will entertain all the family. The surrounding landscape is almost alien, the sheep and other animals spend time INSIDE the bar and the staff are prone to bouts of insanity. It's something to do with the altitude....1732ft above sea level.

Buttertubs Pass

Buttertubs Pass - Described many times as one of Gt.Britain's most stunning and breathe-taking mountain passes. Bridging the gap between Swaledale and Wensleydale it is not a drive or cycle for the faint-hearted with hundreds of feet of near vertical drops to the side of the road. There are stopping points along the route to appreciate the stunning views and explore the 'tub' holes that give their name to the pass. Continue over the pass and you will drop down into the town of Hawes.

Musical Walk

Swaledale Festival - Start your summer at the Swaledale Festival, your chance to hear fantastic live music in our beautiful corner of the world. The Festival has a longstanding reputation for programming a distinctive balance of musical styles - you can hear classical, choral, jazz, folk and world music in intimate Dales venues. The festival runs from the end of May to the middle of June every year.
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