Area Guide


Gunnerside, Swaledale


Gunnerside in North Yorkshire is famous for a number of reasons, but in particular for its picturesque working fields in the Swaledale valley that nestle up against the River Swale. It’s a must see on your holiday in Yorkshire and the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and picnic.

About the Gunnerside Flats

The village of Gunnerside in North Yorkshire is steeped in history, making it a unique and fascinating place to visit and one of its best known sights are the beautiful fields of pasture land known locally as the Gunnerside Flats. A flat piece of land, still used by farmers for raising sheep, cows and horses, you will always see some animals grazing or sheltering in some of the barns. The land has been used for hundreds of years for farming, and the original criss-cross pattern of the stone walls is still well maintained. During the spring you’ll be treated to the sights of newly born lambs, but even in the winter you could be lucky enough to see the fields covered in snow, making for a perfect Christmas photograph.

Walking the Gunnerside Flats

Although the fields are still in use, you can walk a footpath through the middle of them or on the second path running alongside the River Swale as long as you keep your dog on a tight lead to protect the farm animals. This makes for an enjoyable and leisurely loop walk by going either way around before enjoying a tea and cake in Gunnerside village, or a nice cool beer and wine in the local pub. You can walk the loop in an hour or so depending on your speed, but we’d recommend going slowly to take it all in, watching rabbits and other wild life. There are a number of stiles to climb across because of the walls, but shouldn’t pose a problem for most.

Visiting the Gunnerside Flats

If you are staying in one of our Holiday Cottages in or near to Gunnerside, you can easily walk to the Gunnerside Flats. Alternatively, if you’re driving or cycling, your best bet is to park up in Gunnerside village and walk from there. There is a café and pub in the village for food and drinks, but if you’re planning a picnic you should bring supplies with you.

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When in Gunnerside, why not try...

Mill End Cottage

Mill End Cottage, Gunnerside is exactly that! This Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage is situated at the right gable end of The Old Corn Mill which dates from at least the 17th Century. A quirky restoration sympathetically designed by the current owners which offers a traditional Yorkshire style of welcome from the sound of the tumbling and rolling Gunnerside Beck to the friendly glow from the multi-fuel stove housed in the Lounge inglenook.


High Hillways

High Hillways is a refurbished, Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage that is tucked away along a grassy lane and is in an elevated position within the peaceful village of Gunnerside in Swaledale. High Hillways is a two story holiday cottage that offers, welcoming, accommodation for up to five people. It has been tastefully decorated to a high standard with modern features, yet still oozes with the traditional Yorkshire Dales charm and history.


Manfield Cottage

Manfield is a large, three bedroomed, Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage situated in an elevated position peaceful village of Gunnerside in Swaledale. This dales holiday cottage is situated in a cluster of traditional Dales cottages opposite the village green and enjoys fantastic views across the famous Gunnerside Bottoms, the sheep meadows, wild moorland of Swaledale and the beautiful dales beyond.


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