Hardcastle Crags

A stone mill and its reflection into a still pond

Important notice -

Clough Hole car park is closed and will reopen on the 31 January.

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

Hardcastle Crags

Things to see and do

Things to see and do 2019

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What's on 

Upcoming events

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

Tue 28 Jan 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.

Sat 01 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.

Willow weaving sessions - Charcoal Clamp

Sun 16 Feb 2020
One day drop in workshop to build a demonstration traditional charcoal clamp in the woodland on the location of an original charcoal burning site.

February half term

Mon 17 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.
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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