The Old Sawmill Café

Expect great coffee, delicious tray bakes, and a small breakfast and lunch menu consisting of simple dishes done well. 

On the December dates below, we will run a shortened Christmas themed menu to allow us to cope with additional visitors attending Santa’s Grotto at Ingleborough Cave. For more info please email us.

Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, Sunday 3rd, 10th, 17th, Friday 22nd.


We’re extremely excited to tell you all that after extensive renovation, The Old Sawmill Cafe, situated at the entrance to Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail, is open as a cafe and ticket office. Our menu can be found below, which gives a flavour for what we offer, but please be aware that our menu is ever changing and will sometimes be slimmed down.

Expect great coffee, delicious tray bakes, and a small breakfast and lunch menu consisting of basic dishes done well. Our picturesque garden provides outdoor seating for those wishing to enjoy the famous Yorkshire weather, and a large upstairs rooms is available for hire.

Our unique location means you can step out of the door of The Old Sawmill in to the beautiful Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail. The trail is the gateway to the U.K’s most stunning limestone scenery including Ingleborough Cave, Trow Gill gorge, Gaping Gill pothole, limestone pavements, the Norber Erratics and, ultimately, the summit of Ingleborough mountain. Alfred Wainwright, the esteemed guidebook illustrator and author, called this route up Ingleborough “the finest of all, a classic”.

Check out our walking guide with routes for all abilities by clicking here!



Records as far back as the 12th Century indicate the presence of a corn mill and fulling mill (for processing wool) in Clapham. The first verifiable indication of a building or barn on the site of The Old Sawmill is shown on the 1851 Tithe Map for Clapham with Newby and on the first Ordnance Survey map of the same date.


As The Old Sawmill is a listed building, renovations have been undertaken extremely sensitively, with input from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority throughout the project. 


The location, beneath Ingleborough mountain in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is part of what we think makes The Old Sawmill so special. 


Don’t miss our latest events.

Brian Hindmarch 'Landscapes' Exhibition

An exhibition of prints, paintings & drawings in The Reginald Farrer Room at The Old Sawmill Cafe. Saturday 7th October til Sunday 15th October, 11am til 4pm daily.

An Evening of Murder Mystery at The Old Sawmill

An Evening of Murder Mystery at The Old Sawmill

It's 1896 in Clapham, and Sir Vey is here to update the Ordnance Map, but when he visits The Old Sawmill, stories from his past begin to catch up with him and it's not long before he finds himself in mortal danger!


For all enquiries, please email us using the form below.


What they’re saying.

This is a wonderful cafe with a lovely atmosphere and is ideally located for lunch after a good walk along the nearby nature trail. The sausage rolls, pasties and soup were delicious, as was the coffee. Everything seemed reasonably priced too. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and our dogs were welcome too. We will definitely come back when we're next in the area.
Lovely cafe, stunning coffee and cakes! The chips are amazing, and the portions are big - which is a bonus! The staff are friendly and welcoming. Can’t wait for my next visit!
This is a beautiful cafe set in the heart of the Yorkshire dales. The coffee and were delicious and the staff were very accommodating for our needs. As a side note, the music was also excellent, featuring an array of alternative 80s tunes. 5 stars!
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We are open daily from 9:30am until 4:30pm