How to Enjoy The Heatwave in Swaledale

After the hottest July day on record, we have been thinking about the  best ways to enjoy the heatwave.  i.e. enjoy the sunshine while we can!  Swaledale weather can be very unpredictable and it’s hard to plan ahead, but here’s some tips we think will help you to enjoy the hot weather for as long as it lasts!


1. Saturday 4th July 10am. Flowers of Swaledale Ramble – from Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre, Keld. DL11 6LJ. A guided wildflower identification walk from Keld to Muker led by knowledgeable members of Yoredale Natural History Society. A rare opportunity to identify up to100 wild flowers in hedgerow, woodland, moorland & pasture and finally in the famous Muker hay meadows. Free event, but donations welcome. Booking required. Dogs welcome.Visit the event website.Contact: 01748-886845

2. Aske Horse Trials 4th and 5th July.  Even if you don’t know anything about horses, Aske Horse Trials is a great day out.  There are trade stands and a public bar and the fantastic parkland setting of Aske Hall to enjoy.  Bring a picnic or get lovely home cooked food.   Entrance is only £5 per car.

3. Paddling in the Swale.  There are great paddling spots near the bridge at Grinton, the Swing Bridge in Reeth and at the stepping stones below Healaugh.  Make sure it’s safe, but the water is nice and shallow and slow moving so should be a nice place to cool your feet after a ramble!

4.  Have an ice cream at Cuckoo Hill Ice Cream Parlour in Reeth.  Stockists of great flavours from Brymor Ice-cream – this is a must for all lovers of proper ice cream.

5.  Visit the Swaledale Museum – this is a lovely, cool building that houses all of the treasures of Swaledale from the prehistoric era to the present day.  If you don’t fancy being in the sunshine, discover Swaledale past and present.

As always, this is just a guide – check before you travel!