The beautiful Swaledale is a wonderful place to be at any time of the year. The Burgoyne Hotel is ideally located to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in England, whether it is the winter months with the snow peaked valleys of the Yorkshire Dales or soaking up the glorious sunshine, the beauty outweighs the weather.
The stone walls, sheep grazed pastures, small hamlets, villages, shooting lodges, farmsteads and stone cottages are steeped in history yet part of a living landscape. They are farmed by generations of families, managed by gamekeepers, shaped by communities of the past and looked after by those who live and work within the dale today.
Arkengarthdale meets Swaledale on the doorstep of Reeth. This dramatic dale only a few short miles in length is a tributary valley of Swaledale scattered with remote farmsteads and hamlets perfect to get lost in. The road winds its way westwards up the dale and onto the Pennines and passes the door of the highest pub in England, Tan Hill. It is a breath-taking backdrop to a perfect hotel.
Bolton Castle, synonymous with Mary Queen of Scotts; Middleham Castle, childhood home of Richard III; Richmond Castle, a Norman stronghold; Easby Abbey on the banks of the Swale; Fountains Abbey, a spectacular ruined Cistercian monastery with medieval deer park and wonderful grounds.
The Swale is majestic from its source above Keld to Richmond and beyond. Waterfalls suddenly surprise from the hidden jewels of Kisdon and Catrake in Upper Swaledale, Hardraw and Aysgarth in Wensleydale, and High Force in Teesdale.
The hotel has maps, walking routes and a huge amount of local walking knowledge. Reeth lies approx. mid way on the Coast to Coast footpath, Upper Swaledale is on the Pennine Way. Park your car at the hotel and walk your days away in beautiful countryside.
Reeth lies on the route of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France. There are cycling routes in abundance in the area: check out the Dales Bike Centre at Fremington.
There are endless lanes, passes and valley roads to meander, criss-crossing into Wensleydale and back into Swaledale on various routes that provide breathtaking scenery whatever the season.
The Dales offer many small traditional market towns including Reeth with its market on a Friday: others include Leyburn, Bedale, Hawes, Richmond, Masham to name a few. Further afield, visit the wonderful spa town of Harrogate or the historic city of Durham.
Swaledale will not disappoint those who love birdwatching, from the elusive black grouse, to curlew, lapwing and buzzards. The famous wild flower meadows at Muker provide opportunties for photographers, artists, or anyone who simply loves to be amongst the wonders of the natural world, and definitely not to be missed.
Reeth is host to its own gem, the Swaledale Museum. Check out the farming and mining life of the dales of the past. Here you will find a wealth of rural history, run by volunteers.
Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is a tribute to the detailed collection collated by members of the Bowes Lyon family, but perhaps the museum is most famous for its mechanical silver swan.
The Green Howards Regimental Museum, Richmond, tells the story of this infantry regiment.
Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes, an encyclopaedia of the Dales.