Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags
We have a whole summer full of fun planned for you this year. The only problem you'll have is, what to do next?
Our family activities over the summer let you get up close to nature. You can stare the residents of our mill pond in the eye, with pond dipping. Try your hand at building your own shelter, with den building. Let your inner arist out, with our wild art sessions. Or for the first time this year, you see the canopy of a beech tree like a squirrel, with our specialist led, roped tree climbing sessions, (bookable here).
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.
Download an illustrated map of all the trails here.
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.
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.
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.