Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

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

Once home to a railway and a cotton mill Hardcastle Crags has many interesting tales to tell, help us ensure it's future by discovering its past.

Gibson Mill

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.

Gibson Mill with the mill pond overflowing

Five generations of Abraham Gibsons 

Find out out how 5 generations of the same family shaped this place.

Shows the New Pavillion at Hardcastle Crags

Lister Hollinrake from weaving to waltzing 

From Handloom Weaving to the Entertainment Emporium era

A view across the wooden 'city' was built to house the workmen and their families employed in the construction of the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs, 1900 to 1912.

Dawson City 

Named after the town of Dawson City in The Yukon in Canada which experienced the Klondike Gold Rush towards the end of the 19th century, find out more about Dawson City, Heptonstall

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.

Keeping younger visitors busy is easy with so much to explore
Finding out who lives in the pond

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

 

Upcoming events

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - Den Building

Tue 30 May 2017
12:00-15:00
Step outdoors and let the woodland be your playground this May half-term.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - Pond Dipping

Wed 31 May 2017
12:00-15:00
Step outdoors and let the woodland be your playground this May half-term.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - Cook on a campfire

Thu 01 Jun 2017
12:00-14:00
Step outdoors and let the woodland be your playground this May half-term.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - Wild art/journey sticks

Fri 02 Jun 2017
12:00-15:00
Step outdoors and let the woodland be your playground this May half-term.

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sun 04 Jun 2017
04:00-07:30
Get up early for an unmissable natural spectacle at Hardcastle Crags.

Top o' Stairs and the Bronte Moors

Sat 10 Jun 2017
10:00-15:00
Follow in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters on this challenging 10 mile walk.