The Area:

This unspoilt beauty spot laying in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is only 4½ hours driving time from London, 2¾ hours from Kings Cross and 2 hours from Edinburgh by *train. Situated at the middle point of England between St Bees Head in Cumbria and Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast, Kearton in Swaledale is an excellent place from which to explore and enjoy this Historically significant area of England.

* Darlington East Coast Line. If required we can help you with a variety of car hire or bus options.

Richard the III’s homes at Richmond, Middleham and Barnard Castle are close by and Bolton Castle, one of Mary Queen of Scots ‘resting places’ on her journey through England at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth I are worth a visit. The Abbeys of Jervaulx and Bolton and are an easy drive from Park End.


In the 18th century, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale were at the heart of a prosperous lead mining industry. Unfortunately in the early 19th century, the industry collapsed and by 1885 had all but disappeared, however many of the workings can still be seen on the variety of excellent walks from Park End.