Hardcastle Crags

Bluebell covered woodland floor.

Beautiful wooded valley with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart

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Things to see and do

Not just a walk in the woods

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Build a Den - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Tue 31 May 2016
Build yourself a den in the woods and tick off another of your '50 Things'.

Cook on a campfire - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Thu 02 Jun 2016
Learn how to dig a fire pit and light a fire without matches, then have a go at popcorn making or even try baking your own campfire bread!

Create some wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Fri 03 Jun 2016
Collect natural treasures along the way and create a unique keepsake of a walk in the woods by making a 'Journeystick'.

Guided Walk: Twin Pikes

Sat 30 Jul 2016
Meet at the Midgehole Road car park for this 10 mile walk which goes steeply up to "Pecket Pike", the smaller cousin of Stoodley Pike. We then head through Hebden Bridge before climbing steeply up onto the moors above Horsehold following rough...

Guided Walk: Lumb Falls and Walshaw

Sat 20 Aug 2016
Meet at the Midgehole Road car park for this delightful 5 mile walk which takes in the beautiful, but less frequented Crimsworth Dean. Following a rough path with steep stiles we head up the valley to Lumb Falls, a hidden gem. We then climb very...
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Eating and shopping

Visitors in the Weaving Shed Cafe at Hardcastle Crags

Tempting treats 

At Gibson Mill you’ll find our Weaving Shed Café, serving delicious ethical and locally produced food. You can buy the perfect gift or memento in our shop there too.

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A close up of a Northern Hairy Wood Ant at Hardcastle Crags

Unearth the wildlife 

Spot the skylark, twite and meadow pipit that fly above our hay meadow and the great woodrush, bilberry and bluebell that flower in our woodlands.

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Family pond dipping with Gibson Mill behind them

A new way to learn 

From enjoying a guided Tour of Gibson Mill to learning about habitats by pond dipping or going on a minibeast hunt there are a variety of ways to learn at our special place.

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Places to stay

 The Lodge and surrounding gardens

Holiday with us 

Holiday in Widdop Gate Barn at the edge of a hayfield with views over the wooded valley of Hardcastle Crags or relax in the Victorian Lodge surrounded by enchanting Pennine countryside.

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Get involved

Survey volunteers looking at a section of hay meadow

Volunteer with us 

Love Hardcastle Crags? Then get involved! Volunteer #OffTheGrid