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

A beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland.

As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths.

At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust's flagship sustainable building.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trails

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

18 - 21 April, 11am - 3pm

Start from 'base camp' at Gibson Mill and be an Eggsplorer on our trail which will take you around a lesser known part of our woods beyond the Mill. Solve the clues and win a Cadbury  Egghead prize.

£1.50 to enter per child - or adult who is a child at heart!

Easter activities

Tick off some of the 50 Things in your scrapbook with our Easter activities

Tick off some of the 50 Things in your scrapbook with our Easter activities

Make a den (number 4), discover the creatures in our pond (number 35), uncover your creative side with some wild art (number 18), and make a stick trail (number 12). All activities run from Gibson Mill 12 - 3pm, 14 - 17 April and 22 - 25 April. Plus don't miss local author Liz Flanagan - join her Woodland Stories workshop on 24 April. See our Events page for all details.

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Grand Depart 2014

The cyclists will be swooping down the hill right next to Hardcastle Crags; come and see the action at close hand. You could stay overnight at our pop-up campsite or at another place on the route.