Hardcastle Crags

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

Hardcastle Crags

Things to see and do

Not just a walk in the woods

Hardcastle Crags

What's on 

Upcoming events

Find your way with a map and compass - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Tue 30 Aug 2016
Join in with this free session to learn how to use a compass and use your new skills to navigate your way around Hardcastle Crags.

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

Wed 31 Aug 2016
Get creative with natural materials and help to make an outdoor art gallery, or maybe something to take away. We've got lots of ideas and plenty of materials to help you get started!

Discover what's in a pond - 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Thu 01 Sep 2016
Have a go at pond dipping and see how many amazing creatures you can find!

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

Fri 02 Sep 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!

Guided Walk: Packhorse Trails

Sat 17 Sep 2016
A medium to hard 6 mile walk ending at Gibson Mill and which will explore the heritage of the ancient paths which were used to transport anything and everything from salt to lime and cloth: they were constructed to be used by Galloway horses...

Fungi Foray

Sun 18 Sep 2016
Fascinating Fungi Foray with Anne Bowers and Drew Marsh
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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 photograph of hay meadow at Hardcastle Crags, showing red clover, sheep's sorrel and common bird's-foot-trefoil

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