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.

Walks

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

Make a bug hotel - 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Fri 26 Apr 2019
12:00-15:00
Join us this Easter holiday and help us to build a 5 star lodging for the woodland bugs.

Bats and burgers evening walk

Sat 04 May 2019
18:30-21:30
Join our ranger and local ecologist on a bat walk with a difference.

Guided walk - Hardcastle to Marsden Moor challenge

Sat 11 May 2019
09:30-17:00
On World Migratory Bird day, join us for a southward migration from Hardcastle Crags over grit stone edges and lofty moors to our sister property at Marsden Moor.

Guided walk: Walshaw and bluebells

Sat 25 May 2019
10:00-14:00
See the spectacular sea of bluebells at Hardcastle Crags, we guarantee to show you some of the best displays you'll see this spring.

Guided walk: dawn chorus

Sun 26 May 2019
04:00-07:00
Set your alarm clocks and join our local bird expert on an unmissable 4 mile walk to witness nature waking up.

Discover what's in a pond - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Tue 28 May 2019
12:00-15:00
Step outdoors and discover a fascinating underwater world this Easter.