The Swale Way

Thanks to everyone who has already tested my notes for sections of the Swale Way and to all those who have volunteered for the next sections which are currently in production. Your response to my appeal for help has been fantastic, better than I could have hoped for! If I need further help I will be sure to post it here. 


The 77 mile Swale Way follows the length of the River Swale in North Yorkshire from its confluence with the River Ure near Boroughbridge to its source at the head of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  It is a walk of contrasts –  along the way it passes through the historic market towns of Boroughbridge, Thirsk and Richmond with their numerous tourist attractions; it passes famous battle sites and historic parkland;  through lush meadows and dramatic gorges; and travels the length of Swaledale, considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Yorkshire Dales .

Along the way you will find friendly village pubs and tea rooms, and a range of accommodation options.  It can be walked in one go over a series of days with overnight stops along the way; or by basing yourself in Boroughbridge and/or Richmond and using public transport to get from start and finish points of each days walk. Alternatively it can be walked as separate day walks using public transport to get back to your starting point.

The Swale Way was originally conceived by John Brock of the Ramblers Association in 1995. The route was then revised to take advantage of the Open Access legislation, by members of the Walkers are Welcome towns of Boroughbridge and Kirkby Stephen. The guide book draws heavily on these sources as it traces the Way through one of Yorkshire’s most iconic landscapes.

22 Responses

  1. Jeanette Daly says:

    Hi. My friend and I walk most Wednesdays. Live in Thirsk. Over 70 yrs. Usually do 5 – 6 miles. Any use to you? Keen to help and find new walks! Jeanette Daly

  2. lcmonaghan11 says:

    Hi – I live locally and would be happy to test a section.
    Regards,
    Catherine

  3. Sharon Trewhitt says:

    Hi as I live at Pickhill, which passes very close to the Swale, happy to help doing 10 miles or so.
    Kind regards
    Sharon Trewhitt

  4. Ruth S says:

    We are often near Richmond so let me know and can test out the section from there?

    • Stuart says:

      Thanks Ruth, the section from Morton-on-Swale to Richmond, walking upstream, will need testing in a few weeks – I’ve not written the notes up yet. I will let you know when they’re ready and if you’re still available that would be great.

  5. David Gray says:

    Let’s us know if we are able to help you promote this walk. All the the best from Keld Lodge

  6. We’d be happy to walk some of it for you…often up Reeth way walking anyway 😊

    • Stuart says:

      Caroline, I have three people testing the route between Richmond and Kirkby Stephen now, but I do need people for the sections between Boroughbridge, Thirsk, Morton-on-Swale and Richmond, if you fancy wandering a bit further afield? Don’t feel obliged to say yes; I know most of that is a long way from Reeth and public transport is more difficult at that end of the walk.

  7. Sue Cole says:

    one of our favourite places to visit. Need a training walk this coming weekend ahead of Scottish coast to coast in May.

  8. Sam says:

    I’d be interested in waking some for you if you’re still after volunteers

  9. Rob MACDONALD says:

    Hi Stuart

    We’d be very happy to walk the walk for you, and feedback as needed. Any section(s) upstream from Reeth.

    best wishes

    Rob and Margaret

  10. Andrew says:

    Hi I would love to have a go at checking the notes and think that it would be good to have helped a little in producing the guide. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Regards
    Andrew

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