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High Bentham main street
Bentham is located in North Yorkshire
Population 3,027 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SD666693
Civil parish
  • Bentham
  • Craven
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA2
Dialling code 015242
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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54°07′05″N 2°30′36″W / 54.118°N 2.510°W / 54.118; -2.510

Bentham is a civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England, with a population of 3,027 at the 2011 Census. The parish includes the town of High Bentham, occasionally known as Higher Bentham or just Bentham, and the older adjacent village of Low Bentham.

The town lies on the River Wenning, just west of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland. The original centre of the town lay in Low Bentham, but a market was granted to High Bentham in the 14th century, and it became a centre for weaving from the 18th century, particularly after weavers in the town discovered how to weave hosepipes from flax.

It was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974.

Public houses

High Bentham has several pubs: the Black Bull, the Hogs and Heifers, The Horse and Farrier, and The Coach House The Coach House was previously called The Brown Cow. The town's pubs, and Working Mens Club play host to a number of events.

Low Bentham has two pubs, the Sundial and the Punch Bowl.


Bentham has its own heritage trail. There are three trails, named purple, pink and blue. The Purple Trail is 2 miles (3.2 km) long. This route goes through Ridding Lane Farm and over Shaky Bridge, and has stone styles and lots of plants and flowers. The Pink Trail is 5 miles (8.0 km) long. In addition to the purple trail it also visits the Old Quarry. The difference is that a small part of the journey, about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) is on the road. The Blue Trail comes in longest of all at over 9 miles (14 km) but will have the most to see. It also has ladder stiles and it passes the Great Stone of Fourstones, known locally as Big Stone.

Bentham Golf Club

Bentham Golf Club is located on Robin Lane. Is an 18-hole course which was established in the 1920s. There are views of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. It has been recently bought by new owners and is no longer owned by the members of the club. It has a members club for all ages, and no level of skill is required to play golf there. It has been described as the Augusta of the Dales because it has seven ponds and features brilliant views.

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