Hardcastle Crags

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

Hardcastle Crags

Things to see and do

Hardcastle Crags

What's on 

Upcoming events

Guided Walk: Walshaw and Bluebells

Sat 06 May 2017
10:00-13:00
Walshaw and Bluebells: A delighful amble through the bluebell displays in Hardcastle Crags and the lower Crimsworth Valleys on good paths. We hope for good views as we climb over Shackleton Knoll before returning via Gibson Mill.

Himalayan Balsam Bashing Evenings

Wed 14 Jun 2017
18:00-20:00
The rangers at Hardcastle Crags invite you to roll up your sleeves, become volunteers for an evening and help us give nature a helping hand.

Tree Climbing Challenge

Fri 28 Jul 2017
10:00-11:00
Have you ever climbed a tree? Would you like to try something new? This year we will be offering a one hour tree climbing experience run in partnership with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. Dare you take the challenge?
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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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Wildlife

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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Learning

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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Weddings

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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