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Clapham

Clapham is a pretty linear village set alongside both sides of the village stream and once lay on the main route between Kendal and Skipton. The village now has a bypass and is a peaceful and atmospheric place to visit and stay in. The New Inn was once an eighteenth century coaching inn but now welcomes travellers coming in by both car, train and bike. The tiny Croft Café is also popular with cyclists on the Way of the Roses and Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way.

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Clapham

Clapham is a pretty linear village set alongside both sides of the village stream and once lay on the main route between Kendal and Skipton. The village now has a bypass and is a peaceful and atmospheric place to visit and stay in.

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The Old Sawmill Café is a former working sawmill, & the heritage & history of the building have been beautifully preserved, providing a fascinating backdrop for visitors to immerse themselves in whilst enjoying use of the café. It is also conveniently situated at the head of the village by the entrance to Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail, a scenic, dog-friendly 1.3 mile woodland walk which leads to Ingleborough Cave, one of the U.K’s finest showcaves. The New Inn was once an eighteenth century coaching inn but now welcomes travellers coming in by both car, train and bike. The tiny Croft Café is also popular with cyclists on the Way of the Roses and Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way which passes through the village as does the Pennine Bridleway. The village has a variety of interesting shops selling everything from knitting yarn to locally-made crafts. The village shop and post office is now operated as a community shop.

Edwardian delights

Ingleborough Hall, now an outdoor centre, was once the home of Reginald Farrer, the great Edwardian botanist and plant collector. Many of his specimens are still to be found on the estate around the lake which still provides hydro-electric power for the estate wood-yard.

Walking

Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail is a fine walk through the woodland (fee applies) to Ingleborough Cave, one of the finest of the Dales' show caves. The trail provides the gateway to some of the U.K’s finest limestone scenery, and beyond the cave you will find Trow Gill (a huge limestone gorge carved out by the meltwater from the last ice age), Gaping Gill (the most famous pothole in the U.K, and at almost 100 metres deep, large enough to house York Minster!), limestone pavements, and ultimately the summit of Ingleborough itself, the most famous of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Getting there

There is a regular bus service between Skipton and Kirkby Lonsdale calling at Clapham and additional services during the summer months. Clapham railway station on the main Leeds to Morecambe line is just over a mile's walk away from the village centre. A National Park car park and toilet facilities are available in the centre of the village.

More information

The Clapham village website includes a wealth of local information for visitors, including a village events calendar along with all the latest village information.