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.
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.
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.
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.