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.

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

The Grimm Forest - An illustrated fairy-tale wood.

Mon 14 Oct 2019
11:00-16:00
Discover an indoor forest of storytelling trees at Gibson Mill. The Grimm Forest is an exhibition of eleven tree sculptures with hand coloured images, inspired by stories collected by the brothers Grimm.

Guided Walk: High Brown Knoll

Sat 26 Oct 2019
10:00-14:00
An opportunity to catch the late Autumn colours as we climb through the majestic beeches of Pecket Well Clough onto wild moorland of High Brown Knoll. Then to Lumb falls and returning down the delightful Crimsworth Valley.

Wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Mon 28 Oct 2019
12:00-15:00
Using the natural resources falling from the trees, create your very own Leaf lantern.

A New Leaf - a woodland walk with storytelling and song, by Brian Acton

Tue 29 Oct 2019
12:30-14:00
One day, a mysterious and beautiful new leaf arrives, but the leaf is not all it appears to be!

Wild Wednesday's - Help the Rangers

Wed 30 Oct 2019
12:00-15:00
The outdoor team at Hardcastle Crags invite you to roll up your sleeves, become rangers for an afternoon and help us give nature a helping hand.

Mini broomstick making - Wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Thu 31 Oct 2019
12:00-15:00
Using the natural resources from the woodland, come along and create your very own mini broomstick.