The River Swale

river Swale
Guide to the River Swale.
The River Swale is classed as one of the fastest flowing rivers in England, offering beautiful scenery and rod-bending fishing action.

The Swale is a major tributary of the River Ure which goes on to become the River Ouse (Yorkshire).

The Path of the River Swale

The River Swale starts off in the scenic Yorkshire Dales near Kirkby Stephen. It heads southeast flowing past the hamlet of Keld, where it starts to head south towards Muker, creating beautiful waterfalls as it flows.

After Straw Beck confluences with the Swale just east of Muker, the river heads east through the idylic countryside passing the hamlet of Ivelet and the village of Gunnerside.

It continues east passing the hamlet of Feetham and the small village of Healaugh. It maintains its easterly course passing Reeth where it is joined by the River Arkle just before the village of Grinton.

The river meanders its way east past Ellerton Abbey, it then takes a more northerly course taking it near to the small village of Marske. It then heads east past Hudswell village and onto Richmond.

Richmond offers some breathtaking swims along with fantastic brown trout and grayling fishing.

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Once the river has passed the southern edge of Richmond, it takes a southeasterly course passing east of Catterick village. There are some nice spots for brown trout and grayling fishing at Catterick, as well as local bars, restaurants and accommodation.

The River Swale then heads south southeast, taking it near the village of Leeming Bar and Leeming. It continues south past Gatenby, Maunby, Howe and Skipton-on-Swale.

It continues winding its way south southeast, flowing past Catton, Baldersby St James and the villages of Topcliffe and Asenby. It passes west of Fawdington and east of Thornton Manor before winding its way through Brafferton and Myton-on-Swale.

The River Swale finally arrives at its confluence with the River Ure about a mile downstream from Myton-on-Swale.

Species of fish found in the River Swale include:

Fishing Clubs & Societies with fishing rights on the River Swale

River Swale Counties & Tributaries

  • Flows through counties:
    • Leicestershire
    • Northamptonshire
    • Warwickshire
    • Worcestershire
  • Tributaries include:
    • River Leam
    • River Stour
    • River Sowe
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