Hardcastle Crags

A stone mill and its reflection into a still pond

Important notice -

- Gibson Mill is currently closed until the 29/9/19. - No access via Midgehole Rd on 23/9/19. Please use Clough Hole car park on this day. - 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

Not just a walk in the woods

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Fungi in the forest

Sat 21 Sep 2019
Expand your knowledge of local fungi and find out the difference between an earth ball and a common puffball; a shaggy ink cap and a crimson wax cap.

Guided Walk: Packhorse Trails Walk

Sat 28 Sep 2019
Walk on ancient packhorse trails around Hardcastle Crags

The Grimm Forest - An illustrated fairy-tale wood.

Sun 29 Sep 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.

Hardcastle Crags Wedding Showcase - Save the date - Gibson Mill

Thu 03 Oct 2019
Come with your family and friends on a walk through the beautiful woodland. We will be showcasing an evening setup at the mill and will give you the opportunity to meet the team and imagine what you could do with the space.

Guided Walk: High Brown Knoll

Sat 26 Oct 2019
An opportunity to catch the late Autumn colours as we climb through the majestic beeches of Pecket Well Clough onto wild moorland of High Brown Knoll. Then to Lumb falls and returning down the delightful Crimsworth Valley.

Wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Mon 28 Oct 2019
Using the natural resources falling from the trees, create your very own Leaf lantern.
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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

View with crag across the valley at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Working towards a healthier woodland at Hardcastle Crags

Find out more about the work we're doing at Hardcastle Crags

A team of volunteers working together to move a large log

People and nature set to benefit from £2.6 million water project 

In 2015 the Boxing Day floods in West Yorkshire caused devastation. We're working alongside a host of partners to deliver a two year project that will help to protect over 3,000 homes and businesses from future flooding.

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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