"village with a noisy stream"
from the Old English 'clæpe' meaning a noisy stream and 'hãm' meaning a village or homestead.
Ref: Key to English Place-names - University of Nottingham

Clapham is a picturesque village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. 
It is located 6 miles north-west of Settle and has a population of approximately 640.

The area round Clapham has been inhabited for thousands of years.
Some local caves were used for temporary shelter about 14,400 yrs. ago
and for burials about 6,000 yrs. ago. Stone hut circles on the summit of Ingleborough
date from the Iron Age and there is possible evidence of Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon
settlements in the local countryside.

Clapham was granted a Market Charter by King John in 1201.

During the 1800's, Clapham became an "estate village" where almost all residents
were tenants and worked on the estate. Since the 1950's, residents have been allowed 

to buy or build their own homes and Clapham has ceased to be an "estate village".

The village has an Inn, Community Shop, Café, Outdoor Education Centre
and several Guest Houses, B&B's and Holiday Cottages.

There are 49 listed buildings within the parish.

Two charities, the Cave Rescue Organisation and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust,  are based in the village.

Clapham is a good starting point for walks to explore Ingleborough (one of the Three Peaks),
Gaping Gill, 
Trow Gill, Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail, Ingleborough Cave and the Norber Erratics.


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In and Around Clapham

The Dalesbridge - Camping, Bunkhouses, B&B, Self Catering
The Dalesbridge offers a variety of excellent group and individual accommodation, including a Campsite, Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering and Bunkhouses. Everyone Welcome: Parties, Functions, Reunions, ...
At 723m (2,372ft), Ingleborough is the second highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks but is probably most people's favourite with the interesting route up from Clapham   .....
Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail
The Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail leads from an old sawmill, past a lake, and up a valley through woodland and wild flowers, into open space below Thwaite Scars, very close to ...
Ingleborough Cave
Ingleborough Cave, first entered and made accessible in 1837, is the premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2012, it is celebrating 175 years of entrancing visitors with an awe inspiring range of stunning ...
Gaping Gill - a very large pothole!
Gaping Gill is a famous pothole on the limestone moors flanking Ingleborough just above Clapdale and the village of Clapham in the "Three Peaks" area of the Yorkshire Dales. 
Norber Erratics
The Norber Erratics, over 100 in total,  are perhaps the finest example of erratics in Britain and can be found on the southern slopes of Ingleborough, close to the village of Austwick. 
Trow Gill Gorge
Trow Gill is a spectacular, wooded limestone ravine at the head of Clapdale near Clapham.
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