Hardcastle Crags

Explore the woodland at Hardcastle Crags

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

Hardcastle Crags

Things to see and do

Things to see and do

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What's on 

Upcoming events

'One thus gone', eight small inspirations for woodland walking.

Wed 19 Feb 2020
‘One thus gone’ is a series of short poems, written specifically for Hardcastle Crags. The poems are designed to guide you on a mindful and contemplative journey along a woodland trail.

The Grimm Forest - An illustrated fairy-tale wood.

Wed 19 Feb 2020
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.

February half term

Wed 19 Feb 2020
Come along and help craft a tree for Gibson Mill. Each day you'll be able to craft a woodland creature, to either take home or leave in the tree branches.

Willow weaving taster sessions

Sun 23 Feb 2020
Willow Fence - learn the skills to help create a 6m section of living willow fence.

Sallows Gig + Guided Walk to Grimm Forest Exhibition at Gibson Mill

Sun 23 Feb 2020
We are marking the last day of the Grimm Forrest exhibition, with a Ranger guided walk through the woodland. All topped off with an intimate acoustic gig from fantastic folk band, Sallows in the café.

Willow Pig Sculpture workshop

Sun 15 Mar 2020
We'll be working on parts of a life-size willow pig sculpture over the day.
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Eating and shopping

Warm up in the Weaving Shed cafe

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