Swale Way

The Swale Way is a 6-day, 80-mile (129 km) walk that follows the length of the River Swale from its confluence with the River Ure near Boroughbridge, to its source at the head of Swaledale, where Birkdale Beck and Great Sleddale Beck meet, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Starting in Boroughbridge it passes through Thirsk, Richmond, Reeth, Keld and finishes in Kirkby Stephen.

Walkers on the Swale Way will pass famous battle sites and historic parkland; walk through lush meadows and dramatic gorges and travel the length of Swaledale, considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Yorkshire Dales. After visiting the source of the Swale, the route makes a final climb to the iconic cairns on Nine Standards and down into Kirkby Stephen to the finish.

For route guide see pocketroutes.co.uk