Family adventures at Hardcastle Crags

From getting close to nature to exploring the woodland on a family trail, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Hardcastle Crags. With acres to explore, it’s the perfect setting for a family adventure. Whether you’re setting off on a walk through the woodland or joining in with family activities during school holidays, this natural site is the perfect backdrop for your family day out.

Natural play

Get close to nature and blow off some steam in this natural, woodland playground. Splash through muddy puddles, balance on logs and hunt for sticks and leaves within the trees.

Visit the den building area and make your very own woodland shelter, or head to the mill pond to discover what wildlife lives beneath the water. Create your very own wild art creation, using natural materials found in the woodland, or head off on a hunt for bugs to find the creepy crawlies that call this place home.


With over 15 miles of footpaths to explore, there’s plenty of walks to enjoy for all ages and abilities.

Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike through the valley or a gentle stroll along the riverside, grab your walking boots and head off on a walk through the woodland. Pick up a walking leaflet on your visit or take a look at our walking page to help find the perfect route for your family.

Your four-legged family members are more than welcome too!

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾

Become a 50 things explorer and tick off some of the adventures from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list. See how many you can complete on your visit!

Get to know a tree in the woodland and go on a scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Discover wild animal clues to get closer to the wildlife at Hardcastle Crags, then settle down as a family to tuck into a picnic in the wild.

Don’t forget to record your adventures on the 50 things app or grab a sticker to mark it off in your activity books. 

Family events

As well as lots of self-led activities to enjoy, join in with regular family events throughout the year.

During school holidays, we’ve got different 50 things activities to enjoy every day, so pop in to tick off an activity on your list. Take a look at our events pages to help plan your visit.