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Life in Richmondshire

‘In the Dales’ is a spotlight on life in Richmondshire, covering the northern Yorkshire dales of Swaledale and Wensleydale. This area really does ‘have it all’ - close communities, vibrant market towns, thriving local businesses, excellent transport links and diverse outdoor leisure opportunities. All within easy reach of large commercial centres and against an unspoilt back drop of rolling hills and streams, stone cottages and castles.

The heritage, history and stunning landscape of Richmondshire attracts thousands of visitors each year; visitors who are welcomed into our community and who benefit from the wonderful quality of life.

Whether you are a resident, business owner or visitor, take some time to browse through this website to get a feel for all that Richmondshire offers. The links below take you to individual sites for specific information.

Yorkshire Dales' Area Websites

There are four distinct areas in Swaledale and Wensleydale, each with its own unique character. Each area has a business and tourism association offering specific information.

Swaledale & Arkengarthdale

At the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are the unspoilt dales of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. Famous for wildflower meadows, heather moors and waterfalls, the region is also home to some of Yorkshire's best walking and cycling.

Richmond & Lower Swaledale

The historic market town of Richmond offers a tranquil environment, with good schools, travel links to A1 and A66 and a strong business network. The gateway to Swaledale, Richmond has long been revered by walkers who have discovered the idyllic town as they plotted a course along the award winning Coast to Coast route. The new Princes Gate development in Catterick Garrison provides a fantastic shopping opportunity to locals and visitors alike.

Upper Wensleydale

Upper Wensleydale offers so much to see and do. Each village has its own, unique character and you will find stunning views around every corner. The town of Hawes is at the head of the Dale with the long established Wensleydale Cheese Factory and the award winning Dales Countryside Museum.

Lower Wensleydale

After tumbling down the limestone steps of Aysgarth Falls, the River Ure widens and slows separating the market towns of Leyburn and Middleham. Steeped in their own fascinating and individual histories, both towns are ideal destinations for holidays in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales.