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: Colden Valley and Heptonstall Moor

Sat 01 Apr 2017
Enjoy panoramic views of moorland and woods on this 7 mile walk from Hardcastle Crags.

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

Mon 10 Apr 2017
Stick Mice and Clothes-peg Fairyfolk

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

Tue 11 Apr 2017
Have a go at pond dipping and see how many amazing creatures you can find!

Make a bug hotel

Wed 12 Apr 2017
Make a home for minibeasts using recycled and natural materials and see who moves in!

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

Thu 13 Apr 2017
Enjoy a walk through the woods and have a go at building a den!

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 14 Apr 2017
The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts are here again!
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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