Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

A family walk through woodland past a waterfall

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.


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

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Monday 24th to Friday 28th October 2016


We have this October half-term covered, with 5 days of family friendly activities for you to enjoy. So why not come and learn how to cook on a campfire, create your own Mini Broomstick or one of our famous Bat Hats. Make your way to the Gibson Mill from 12 till 3pm to begin your half term fun.


All events are free apart from Cooking on a Campfire* which is bookable, please see the What's On section below. 


Monday 24th, 12 to 3pm - Mini Raft building

Tuesday 25th, 12 to 3pm - Map & Compass

Wednesday 26th, 12 to 2 pm - Cooking on a Campfire* BE 

Thursday 27th, 12 to 3pm - Create a Mini Broomstick

Friday 28th, 12 to 3pm - Create a Bat Hat

Hardcastle Crags, a view across the wooded valley.
View with crag across the valley at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire



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 / 1.828125MB) download


Upcoming events

Find your way with a map and compass - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Tue 25 Oct 2016
Join in with this free session to learn how to use a compass and use your new skills to navigate your way around Hardcastle Crags.

Cook on a campfire - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Wed 26 Oct 2016
Learn how to dig a fire pit and light a fire without matches, then have a go at popcorn making or even try baking your own campfire bread!

Create a mini broomstick.

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Get ready for Hallowe'en by creating your very own mini broomstick!

Half-term activity - Make your own bat hat

Fri 28 Oct 2016
Time to get creative!

Fungi Foray

Sat 29 Oct 2016
Fascinating Fungi Foray with Anne Bowers and Drew Marsh