"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 rivver 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.


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In and Around Stainforth

Knight Stainforth - Caravan & Camping Park
Set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the park stands on the 45 acre estate of Knight Stainforth Hall, just 2 mile north of the market town of Settle and nestled on the banks of the River Ribble, a manor house dating back to pre-Norman times, which belonged to the Knight Templar. ...
Woodman's Cottage - Holiday Cottage
Woodman’s Cottage is a 3 bedroomed stone cottage in the traditional Yorkshire Dales village of Stainforth near Settle. With 3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 bunk bed room) it can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children ...
The Knights Table
If you are in the Settle area and looking for a bite to eat, look no further than The Knights Table at Little Stainforth. Serving a great selection of main meals, light bites, salads  ...
Craven Limeworks and Hoffman Kiln
This industrial scale lime kiln was built in 1873 for the Craven Lime Company. The Hoffmann Continuous kiln was patented in 1858 by its German inventor Friedrich  ...
Winskill Stones - Nature Reserve, Limestone Pavement
The Winskill Stones Nature Reserve lies above the village of Stainforth. It is home to an amazing section of limestone pavement and a profusion of wild flowers.
Attermire Scar, Warrendale Knots, Victoria Cave, Jubilee Cave
Attermire lies high above Settle and is a breathtaking series of limestone scars, scree slopes and caves. The limestone was formed in shallow tropical seas approx. 330 million years ago.
Stainforth Force (Waterfall)
At Stainforth Force, just west of Stainforth village, the River Ribble tumbles over a series of cascades where salmon can often be seen leaping on their final journey up river to their ...
Catrigg Force (Waterfall)
Catrigg Force is an absolute gem. The waterfall is hidden from view in a small secluded copse one mile upstream of Stainforth village. The main waterfall has a vertical drop  ...
Dry Rigg Quarry - Visitor Trail
Dry Rigg Quarry is a working gritstone quarry in Upper Ribblesdale, producing a stone with exceptional wearing and skid-resistant properties. Tarmac, the quarry owners have  .....


Yorkshire Dales Guides - Caving and Potholing
Choose from a number of Caving & Potholing adventures led by expert local guides. Whether you're a complete novice or looking to develop advanced caving skills, there is an adventure to suit your needs.



Yorkshire Dales Guides - Climbing & Abseiling
Whether you are a group, a family or an individual, we can provide the excitement and vertical challenge of rock climbing and abseiling to suit all levels from “first timer” to “seasoned campaigner”. The spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yorkshire Dales make for superb venues while in the event of bad weather we can move to a nearby purpose-built climbing wall.



Yorkshire Dales Guides - First Aid
Our Outdoor First Aid courses are designed for anyone who may have to administer first aid in a remote environment. It covers the requirements of all of the outdoor national governing body awards, and courses are delivered by an ITC First Aid provider.

Private bookings are welcome and courses are hosted from our very own outdoor education and activity centre near Settle.



Yorkshire Dales Guides - Hiking
From half day to multi day walks, the three peaks challenge, a day of ‘spot-holing’ (i.e. going to find some of the most impressive cave entrances, like Gaping Gill), a tour of the most spectacular geological features at Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, or maybe getting off the beaten track down one of the many quiet and beautiful valleys like Littondale and Swaledale, we’re positive we can cater for your requirements!




Yorkshire Dales Guides - Mountain Biking
Located in the stunning limestone hills directly above our premises and the market town of Settle are two popular mountain bike venues – the Settle Loop and Mastiles Lane. The former offers a wonderful 10 mile circuit on great tracks and with great views, while Mastiles Lane is a very well maintained track through rugged and remote upland area connecting Malham Tarn with Wharfedale.

Yorkshire Dales Guides can offer single or multi-day packages, with highly experienced and qualified local instructors and bike rental





Yorkshire Dales Guides - Orienteering
Orienteering is a wonderful sport in so many ways, and is a perfect way to develop your map and compass skills for both the individual and the competent navigator. The aim is to navigate between a series of pre-defined ‘control’ points on a map as quickly as you can, using a map and compass, and of course, your legs!

Courses vary in difficulty, with the easiest courses covering shorter distances with easy to find control points (e.g. large track junctions), and harder courses covering larger distances with difficult to find control points (e.g. hidden features), requiring route planning, use of bearings and pacing to find the control points.




Yorkshire Dales Guides - Team Building
Yorkshire Dales Guides offer a wide range of team building activities, so whether you are a school needing something to help ‘break the ice’ for a new year class, or a company looking to build working relationships and cohesion between employees, we’re positive we can provide a fun and rewarding day out for your group.

Activities will take place either on-site, at our very spacious and private premises, or off-site at any one of the many superb outdoor venues located within the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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