The district is the most westerly in North Yorkshire, spread across 117,876 hectares (15% of North Yorkshire or 450 square miles).
Craven is a rural district split demographically into a north and a south. It extends from a boundary with West Yorkshire to the southeast, Lancashire to the west, and Cumbria to the northwest. The area has a population of 56,000, giving it a population density of just over 44 people per square kilometre – among the top ten least densely-populated areas in England.
The north of the district will access local facilities as well as travelling to Lancaster and Kendal. The main towns are Ingleton, Bentham, Gargrave, Hellifield and Settle. The economy is rural farming, country pursuits and tourism in the main. Much of this area sits in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and large parts of this is owned by the Duke of Devonshire’s Estate (Bolton Abbey).
The southern area consists of Skipton and Grassington (Grassington incorporates Kettlewell, Kilnsey and Buckden) and also the area around Crosshills including Glusburn and Cowling. There is a strong financial base to local employment as well as tourism and farming. The majority of the public in this area access services in Skipton, Keighley or Bradford.
All five police stations are staffed with a mixture of Response and Safer Neighbourhood teams. Policing is 24/7 and Skipton operates a front desk between 9am to 5pm weekdays.