"Stone Ford"
from the Old English 'Stãn' meaning a stone or rock and 'Ford' meaning a ford
Ref: Key to English Place-names - University of Nottingham

Stainforth, a pretty village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is situated to the east of the River Ribble with Little Stainforth (or Knight Stainforth) to the west.

The village nestles under Stainforth Scar, 2½ miles north of Settle and 3 miles south of Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Population is approx. 230.
The ford referred to in the villages name refers to a ford which crossed the River Ribble on the track that links Stainforth with Knight's Stainforth. The ford was replaced with a stone-built , packhorse bridge in the 1670's.
There are 25 listed buildings in the parish.