Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

A family walk through woodland past a waterfall
Explore miles of woodland paths criss-crossed by streams and waterfalls National Trust Images / John Millar

Once home to a railway and a cotton mill Hardcastle Crags has many interesting tales to tell, help us ensure it's future by discovering its past.

Gibson Mill

In the middle of Hardcastle Crags you'll find Gibson Mill, home to the Weaving Shed Cafe and Shop. This former cotton mill and entertainment emporium boasts a fantastic and varied history. We have tours, exhibitions and special events throughout the year.

Explore the past

People have lived, worked and played in this surprising location for over 200 years. Weirs, stepping stones and packhorse trails all hint at past activities.
Visit Gibson Mill to find out how a cotton mill became a popular entertainment venue before being transformed into an ' #OffTheGrid ' visitor centre and cafe.


Choose one of our waymarked trails and head off into the woods. The light on crisp winter mornings is glorious and may bring out your inner artist.

Railway Walk

It's hard to imagine that this peaceful valley once had a railway built to transport workers from their temporary homes at 'Dawson City' up to the reservoirs at Gorple, Widdop and Walshaw Dean.

Woodland Wildlife Walk

The valleys of Hardcastle Crags, west of Halifax, offer stunning riverside views while the oak, beech and pine woods are full of tumbling streams. Whether you decide to climb the rocky paths to the hilltops or enjoy a picnic by old weirs, there’s plenty of wildlife to see.

Wood Folk Walk

Follow the way-markers on this circular walk through the woods and find out more about the wonderful trees at Hardcastle Crags. 

Don't miss

  • Listening to the birds on a still winter's morning
  • Crossing the river on the stepping stones
  • Learning about the past on a tour of Gibson Mill
  • Stopping off for lunch or a snack at the Weaving Shed Cafe
  • Finding out about renewable energy at Gibson Mill