High Bentham

Bentham is small market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire, the Lake District and the Forest of Bowland. Close to Ingleton, with a backdrop of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, it is a truly unspoilt and tranquil spot in the north of England countryside.

Bentham has been a major hub of market town life for centuries. With a population of over 4000, the historic town remains a busy centre for the surrounding community and its visitors.

Steeped in agricultural heritage, farming is still key to day-to-day life in this rural town with its stunning backdrop of open fields and uninterrupted views. The livestock market takes place on a Wednesday at the Auction Mart, when Bentham buzzes with activity.

Lying where North Yorkshire meets Cumbria and Lancashire, this hidden-gem is perfectly placed as a base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland and the Lake District.


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 High and Low Bentham. Footpaths from Riverside Caravan Park on both banks pass through rich meadow and pastureland. Enjoy the serenity and peace, so rare in these difficult, busy days.

In contrast, less than thirty minutes upland walking brings you to ‘Big Stone’ with it’s breath-taking views of moors and mountains extending from the Forest of Bowland to the far Lakeland hills. In the quiet of early evening, an unforgettable experience is the glorious vision from here of the sun setting over Morecambe Bay.


Amenities in High Bentham

Local shops and pubs are within comfortable walking distance.

The well-stocked Co-op and SPAR are open daily until late, including on Sundays.

Along the high street independent shops include a chemist, gift shops, 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 our butcher or  bakery as well as the grocers for local produce.

The Town Hall is home to a Tourist Information Point alongside the information point we have on the park.

There are several pubs, cafes, a Chinese takeaway, an Indian takeaway and a traditional fish and chip shop.

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