Hardcastle Crags

Important notice -

Thursday 23rd February the whole site will be closed for the day. The Met office has issued a severe Amber warning for High Winds, the café will be closed, the event will be cancelled and visitors should not access the woodland, for their own safety.

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

Hardcastle Crags

Things to see and do

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What's on 

Upcoming events

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

Thu 23 Feb 2017
12:00-14:00
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 some wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Fri 24 Feb 2017
12:00-15:00
Come and get crafty and make your own minibeast to take home.

Guided Walk: Colden Valley and Heptonstall Moor

Sat 01 Apr 2017
10:00-14:00
Enjoy panoramic views of moorland and woods on this 7 mile walk from Hardcastle Crags.

Create some wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Mon 10 Apr 2017
12:00-15:00
Stick Mice and Clothes-peg Fairyfolk

Discover what's in a pond - 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Tue 11 Apr 2017
12:00-15:00
Have a go at pond dipping and see how many amazing creatures you can find!

Make a bug hotel

Wed 12 Apr 2017
12:00-15:00
Make a home for minibeasts using recycled and natural materials and see who moves in!
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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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Wildlife

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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Learning

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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Weddings

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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