Best come on a Friday to see Reeth at its best – market day, when the place buzzes with traders, shoppers and visitors. Swaledale's main village is a handsome place in any case, with its old inns and shops skirting the edges of a huge grassy green and cobbled square. Walkers straggle in most days as it's an overnight stop on the Coast-to-Coast route, while local trails and narrow roads run further up Swaledale and into remote Arkengarthdale. Even if you're not walking, Reeth is a decent enough target for an ice cream or a bar meal at one of the pubs – we like the food, beer, pizzas and music nights at the Buck at the top of the green – and the local national park information centre can fill you in on the local attractions. The biggest cultural bash of the year is the valley's Swaledale Festival, an ever-growing arts and music jamboree featuring over sixty concerts and events in Reeth and elsewhere – dates for 2013 are 25 May to 8 June.
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