Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

Stepping Stones Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

There's always something new to see in every season. What natural surprises will you find on your stroll through the woods today?

There are other features that have appeared in the woods recently, in the article below we explain how working in partnership we are doing our bit to monitor the effectiveness of natural flood management.

Logs and sticks create a natural barrier, slowing the flow of water

Slow the Flow Calderdale at Hardcastle Crags 

Have you every wondered what these dams are for? Find out the partnership work that we're doing to help improve and monitor natural flood management in Calderdale.


Choose one of our waymarked trails and head off into the woods. The light on crisp winter mornings is glorious and may bring out your inner artist.

Railway Trail

It's hard to imagine that this peaceful valley once had a railway built to transport workers from their temporary homes at 'Dawson City' up to the reservoirs at Gorple, Widdop and Walshaw Dean.

Mill Walk

The valleys of Hardcastle Crags, west of Halifax, offer stunning riverside views while the oak, beech and pine woods are full of tumbling streams. Whether you decide to climb the rocky paths to the hilltops or enjoy a picnic by old weirs, there’s plenty of wildlife to see.

Wood Folk Walk

Follow the way-markers on this circular walk through the woods and find out more about the wonderful trees at Hardcastle Crags.

Download our Wood Folk Walk (PDF / 1.8MB) download


Gibson Mill

Visit Gibson Mill to find out how a cotton mill became a popular entertainment venue before being transformed into an '#OffTheGrid' visitor centre and cafe.

In the middle of Hardcastle Crags you'll find Gibson Mill, home to the Weaving Shed Cafe and Shop. This former cotton mill and entertainment emporium boasts a fantastic and varied history. We have tours, exhibitions and special events throughout the year.


Explore the past

People have lived, worked and played in this surprising location for over 200 years. Weirs, stepping stones and packhorse trails all hint at past activities.



Upcoming events

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

Wed 26 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.

Ranger Ramble: Bryophyte walk

Sat 07 Mar 2020
Did you know Hardcastle Crags is a special place for Goblins Gold, Dog Lichen and Portuguese Feather-Moss? Join our ranger and bryophyte expert to explore the wonderful world of lichens, liverworts and mosses.

Willow Pig Sculpture workshop

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

Willow weaving session - Creating a life sized Horse Logger

Wed 25 Mar 2020
We'll be working on creating a large Clydesdale working horse that use to work at the Crags, pulling logs out of the woodland, from inaccessible areas.

Pond dipping and den building: 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Mon 06 Apr 2020
Join us during the holidays to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 activities!

Mini raft building: 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Thu 09 Apr 2020
Join us during the holidays to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 activities!