Planning your visit to Hardcastle Crags

A family enjoy the sunshine in front of Gibson Mill

Our countryside space is open for local visitors. Here's everything you need to know to help you enjoy the countryside on your doorstep.

When can I visit Hardcastle Crags?

Our woodlands are open all year round, from dawn until dusk, with many public rights of way criss-crossing the land. These are open for local people to enjoy during the coronavirus outbreak. The Weaving Shed Cafe will also be open for takeaway service from 10 March, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 3pm. Please check our homepage for our latest opening times.

Do I have to book to visit Hardcastle Crags?

You do not have to book to visit Hardcastle Crags. However, our car parks can get very busy, especially on bank holidays and on sunny weekends. We recommend arriving early (before 10am) or coming later in the day (after 2pm). 

What measures are in place during the coronavirus outbreak?

During the coronavirus outbreak, we are asking everyone to stay local and enjoy the countryside on their doorstep. For local visitors, we have introduced extra cleaning measures for our car park machines and toilets.

The Weaving Shed cafe is open from 10 March, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 3pm, for takeaway drinks and food (card payments only). We also ask visitors to wear masks when using indoor spaces, such as the toilet block. Please respect latest government guidelines and observe social distancing.

Where can I park at Hardcastle Crags?

We have two car parks; Clough Hole Car Park- HX7 7AZ. Midgehole Car Park - HX7 7AA. Our car parks can get very busy at weekends.

How much does it cost to visit Hardcastle Crags?

There's no entry fee to visit the woods at Hardcastle Crags or Gibson Mill. Parking is free for National Trust Members, or £5 for non members (coin only).

How far is the Hardcastle Crags walk?

There are over 15 miles of footpaths to explore at Hardcastle Crags, but the track from Midgehole car park to the Weaving Shed Cafe is a relatively flat 1.25 miles (about 45 minutes walk). The path from Clough Hole Car park to Gibson Mill is half a mile, but the route is uphill on the way back. We have lots of different walks to explore here, taking you around the woodland and wider countryside. 

Is Hardcastle Crags pram friendly?

The main track is suitable for prams, although it is quite stony and there are some uphill sections.

Is Hardcastle Crags dog friendly?

We love welcoming dogs to Hardcastle Crags. Please keep your dog under close control and pick up any waste.

What wildlife is there at Hardcastle Crags?

Hardcastle Crags is a haven for wildlife, with rare birds, roe deer and insects. Find out more about our wildlife here.

Do you have a map of Hardcastle Crags?

We have a map available to download here. Map of Hardcastle Crags. There are also maps onsite which you can take a photo of on your phone during your visit.