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Things to do in Lower Bentham, Lancashire

Lower Bentham (or Low Bentham to the locals) is the furthest Western village in the whole of Yorkshire.

18th Century Friends' Meeting House Aug 2008 © Jamie-Rose Campbell
18th Century Friends' Meeting House Aug 2008

With a population of about 2000, the village is expanding with every year that passes.

It is situated upon one side of the Wenning Valley, with the River Wenning running along the bottom towards the River Lune.

Cross Lane 2006 © Jamie-Rose Campbell
Cross Lane 2006

The 2 pubs (The Sundial and The Punch Bowl) provide the locals with evening drinks and there is the Victoria Institute for local activities.

The local primary school holds a Gala and Summer fair every year, with everyone joining in.

The buildings here are a mixture of farms and residences; local towns are within easy reach (High Bentham, Wray, Ingleton, Settle).

The village dates back at least to the Black Plague, as on the road to High Bentham are 'Plague stones', which were used during that time to continue trade.

Low Bentham from Cross Lane 2008 © Jamie-Rose Campbell
Low Bentham from Cross Lane 2008

There is also a War memorial on the village green to commemorate the bravery of local heroes who took part.

It is an ideal centre away from urban (off the main roads) living to explore the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and cities such as Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester are within fairly easy reach.

Description by Sarah Rankin

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