Our top ten nature spots for Hardcastle Crags
Whenever you visit Hardcastle Crags you're always sure to see, hear or smell evidence of nature in action.
Northern Hairy Wood Ants
Look out for their huge nests made from pine needles.
Visit in May to see and smell the bluebells at their best.
Stunning Autumn colour
The large stands of beech dotted through the valley are at their most spectacular in October and November.
Dragonflies and damselflies
Spot these colourful insects as they dart over the mill ponds in the summer.
Hundreds of species of fungi can be found throughout the woods in autumn. Why not join our Fungi Foray to find out more?
Hardcastle Crags is home to nine different species of bat. Visit at dusk to see these fascinating creatures emerge from their roosts.
Early morning or evening are the best times to see these shy mammals.
These little birds can be seen bobbing up and down as they hunt for insects in the river.
Lots of streams tumble down the sides of the valleys. They are at their best after heavy rain.
The Great Spotted, Lesser Spotted and Green Woodpeckers can all be seen and heard at Hardcastle Crags.
Come and enjoy a walk in the woods and see what you can spot!