Hardcastle Crags

A stone mill and its reflection into a still pond

Important notice -

** The footpath from Clough Hole car park to Gibson Mill will be closed from 11th to 22nd November, a diversion will be in be signposted ** Clough Hole car park closed from 24/9/19 until 17/12/19

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

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Things to see and do

Things to see and do 2019

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What's on 

Upcoming events

The Grimm Forest - An illustrated fairy-tale wood.

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Discover an indoor forest of storytelling trees at Gibson Mill. The Grimm Forest is an exhibition of eleven tree sculptures with hand coloured images, inspired by stories collected by the brothers Grimm.

Christmas tree sale

Sat 30 Nov 2019
Create family memories when you buy a real Christmas tree from Hardcastle Crags this December.

Christmas wreath making

Sat 30 Nov 2019
Take some time out with friends and loved ones to create something beautiful for your home.

Zarebi - Women's Georgian Choir

Sun 01 Dec 2019
Join 'Zarebi' at Gibson Mill marking the start of December. The songs of the choir will resonate within the courtyard and echo out down the valley. A true treat not to be missed.

Christmas cook on a campfire - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Sat 14 Dec 2019
Join us for a seasonal take on this popular activity with a trail through the woods, hot chocolate and a few surprises along the way.

Guided walk - winter tree I.D

Sat 25 Jan 2020
Do you know your birch from your beech or an ash from your alder? Join us for a walk with a difference this winter.
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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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Our work

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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