Hardcastle Crags

Sunshine penertrates a deep valley in early spring

Important notice -

Due to bad weather conditions the café and mill will be closed today (Sunday 18 March) and the wedding showcase event will be cancelled. We hope to open the café again tomorrow at 11am, but please check online before setting off.

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

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Den Building - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Tue 03 Apr 2018
Step outdoors, let the woodland be your playground and build your very own den this spring.

Build a mini raft - 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Wed 04 Apr 2018
Test your mini raft building skills this Spring when you join in with our raft building activities.

Map and Compass - 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Thu 05 Apr 2018
Explore the ancient woodland at Hardcastle Crags the traditional way - using a map and compass.

Make a bug hotel - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Fri 06 Apr 2018
Join us this Easter holiday and help us to build a 5 star lodging for the woodland bugs.

Tree Climbing Challenge

Sat 07 Apr 2018
Have you ever climbed a tree? Would you like to try something new? Back by popular demand is a one hour tree climbing experience run in partnership with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. Dare you take the challenge?

Wild art - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Mon 09 Apr 2018
Step outdoors to create some wild art this Easter holiday.
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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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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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Posing for photographs by the millpond

Say "I do" 

Say "I do" in the former Dancing Hall of our special place. Set in the heart of the valley and surrounded by woodland and history, let us help create a day you'll never forget.

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Places to stay

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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