Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

View with crag across the valley at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

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.

Gibson Mill with the mill pond overflowing

Five generations of Abraham Gibsons 

Find out out how 5 generations of the same family shaped this place.

Shows the New Pavillion at Hardcastle Crags

Lister Hollinrake from weaving to waltzing 

From Handloom Weaving to the Entertainment Emporium era

A view across the wooden 'city' was built to house the workmen and their families employed in the construction of the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs, 1900 to 1912.

Dawson City 

Named after the town of Dawson City in The Yukon in Canada which experienced the Klondike Gold Rush towards the end of the 19th century, find out more about Dawson City, Heptonstall

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


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


Upcoming events

Guided Walk: Colden Valley and Heptonstall Moor

Sat 01 Apr 2017
Enjoy panoramic views of moorland and woods on this 7 mile walk from Hardcastle Crags.

Create some wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Mon 10 Apr 2017
Stick Mice and Clothes-peg Fairyfolk

Discover what's in a pond - 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Tue 11 Apr 2017
Have a go at pond dipping and see how many amazing creatures you can find!

Make a bug hotel

Wed 12 Apr 2017
Make a home for minibeasts using recycled and natural materials and see who moves in!

Den Building - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Thu 13 Apr 2017
Enjoy a walk through the woods and have a go at building a den!

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 14 Apr 2017
The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts are here again!