Bentham is small market town located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire, the Lakes and the Forest of Bowland.
This is a truly unspoilt and tranquil part of the countryside close to Ingleton and the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks.
With its well recorded history, Bentham has been a major hub of market town life for centuries. With a population of over 4,000, it has become a thriving centre for the local community and tourists alike, with all the convenience of modern amenities.
High Bentham used to be in the West Riding and is now in North Yorkshire, although the postal address is and always has been ‘Lancaster’, the nearest towns are in Cumbria and North Yorkshire.
High Bentham is exceptionally fortunate in the diversity of its scenery. The River Wenning, a tributary of the River Lune, meanders pleasantly from the South of Clapham alongside both High and Low Bentham and walks from Riverside Caravan Park, on either bank, through rich meadow and pastureland give a feeling of serenity and peace, so rare in these difficult, busy days.
In contrast, less than thirty minutes walk brings you to ‘Big Stone’ with it’s breathtaking views of moors and mountains, extending from the Forest of Bowland to the far Lakeland hills. When the quiet evening falls, an unforgettable experience is the glorious vision of the summer sun setting over Morecambe Bay.
Local footpath groups give guided walks around Bentham and the surrounding area. Details are available in the information room which outline start times, starting point and distances covered.
What’s available in High Bentham?
Local shops and pubs are within comfortable walking distance of the Park. Within the town, there is a Co-op open from 7am until 10pm every day, and a Spar open 8am – 10pm Monday and 7am – 10pm every other day. There are also a variety of shops including a chemist, clothing stores, hardware store, florists and art outlets. Bentham is tremendously self sufficient so there’s no need to bring ‘a big shop’ with you as you can try one of our butchers or bakeries as well as the local fruit & veg shop. Check out our ‘On the Doorstep‘ page for more information on the local shops.
There are 4 public houses, 3 cafes, Chinese Takeaway, Indian Restaurant and Takeaway and a traditional fish and chip shop. The cattle market takes place on a Wednesday at the Auction Mart.