It's a tiny village with a large village green at its heart, surrounded by wonderful walks, hay meadows and the curling river Swale.
A good place to start is just outside Reeth: the Dales Bike Centre. Whether you prefer two legs or two wheels, it's the perfect relaxed pit-stop with a lovely small cafe, pleasant outdoor area and really good cake!
After that you'll be ready to walk up the small incline to explore the shops and attractions around the village green. Swaledale Museum is full of local treasures, (closed in Winter) with a hands-on attitude and they really encourage children to get involved and explore.
From here walk up the road to Silver Street and look out for Scenicview Gallery, full of awe-inspiring landscape photographs. Continue to the Silver Street Studios where you'll find Michael Kusz and his incredible sculptures, Stef Ottevanger's animal sculptures and Threshing Barn wool and weaving supplies.
Return to the village and make sure you visit the National Park Centre to pick up local info, walks leaflets and see what exhibitions they have on. The community garden behind Hudson House is a real treat with its orchard, sculptures and mini-exhibition in the old Privy!
Just round the corner is the start of a really pleasant walk. Wander up the lane towards Garden House Pottery, which has a lovely atmosphere. Their planter feet (photo on the right) always make me think they were modelled on my family... Continue on from the Pottery and you'll come to an ancient path leading to the bridge and a lovely walk by the River Swale.