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

Build a mini raft - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Mon 24 Oct 2016
Come and make a pond-worthy craft to sail on the Mill Pond.

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

Tue 25 Oct 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.

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

Wed 26 Oct 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!

Create a mini broomstick.

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Get ready for Hallowe'en by creating your very own mini broomstick!

Half-term activity - Make your own bat hat

Fri 28 Oct 2016
Time to get creative!

Fungi Foray

Sat 29 Oct 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