With the pressure on the more easily identified focuses of outdoor
recreation such as the Lake District and the Three Peaks, interest
is increasing in quieter and more unspoilt areas "off the beaten
track". In recent years, Bentham has come to be appreciated
as a walking centre with distinct possibilities.
Situated between the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Bentham is
at the centre of an area of grassland farming, based on sheep and
cattle, and adjoining the open fells. Principal river is the Wenning,
but the Greta, the Hindburn and the Roeburn also drain neighbouring
valleys, and all eventually join the Lune on its way down to Lancaster.
Signs of the enterprising use of water power for local industry
in pre-steam days are in evidence everywhere.
The footpath walks around Bentham, all on recognised routes and
rights of way, range over a variety of terrains -
riverside banks, undulating pastures, flowery meadows,
and wind-swept moors, and provide not only superb
distant panoramic views, but numerous local features,
such as stiles, steps, footbridges, gills, becks and
barns, which express the intensive and caring culture
of generations of Yorkshire country folk.
Why not try the Bentham Heritage Trail, 3 signposted
walks of 2 miles, 5 miles and 9 miles with information
boards en route painted by a local artist which will
tell you about local history and the environment.
Books and Maps are available from Bentham Tourist