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Swale Way

Cumbria, N Yorkshire

127 km / 79 miles
The 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, where Birkdale Beck and Great Sleddale Beck meet, 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 .

Strider News - December 2021 (Publication Update)

New edition of guidebook


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SE396666 - Boroughbridge, N Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Finish: NY775086 - Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1995
Web Sites: Swale Way (Pocket Routes website)

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Swale Way  (Pocket Routes  - 2020 )
Certificate Swale Way certificate  (Pocket Routes )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 91, 92, 98, 99
OS Landranger Active 91, 92, 98, 99
OS Explorer 19, 26, 30, 299, 302, 304
OS Explorer Active 19, 26, 30, 299, 302, 304
Digital Maps:
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Swale Way digital maps (Pocket Routes)

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109 km
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GPX Route File
Swale Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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Swale Way Memory Map Route File
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Route Profile:

127.4 km (79.2 miles)
2,053 m (6,736 ft) ascent
657 m (2,156 ft)  maximum height

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