Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

Stepping Stones Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

There's always something new to see in every season. What natural surprises will you find on your stroll through the woods today?

There are other features that have appeared in the woods recently, in the article below we explain how working in partnership we are doing our bit to monitor the effectiveness of natural flood management.

Logs and sticks create a natural barrier, slowing the flow of water

Slow the Flow Calderdale at Hardcastle Crags 

Have you every wondered what these dams are for? Find out the partnership work that we're doing to help improve and monitor natural flood management in Calderdale.


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


Gibson Mill

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.



Upcoming events

Recycled art in the Mill

Tue 27 Aug 2019
All week we will be growing our own indoor forest inside Gibson Mill.

Wild Wednesday's - Ranger for the day.

Wed 28 Aug 2019
The outdoor team at Hardcastle Crags invite you to roll up your sleeves, become rangers for an afternoon and help us give nature a helping hand.

Cook on a campfire - 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 29 Aug 2019
Learn how to make a campfire and cook up a feast with our expert volunteers.

Guided Walk: Bronte Moors Walk # New time # meet at 9.45

Sat 31 Aug 2019
# New time # meet at 9.45 A tour of the moors which have inspired writers and outdoor enthusiasts alike .

Singing in the Landscape with Helen and Louise Curtis-Streich - Sätteli

Sun 01 Sep 2019
Singers and multi instrumentalists Helen & Louise, were born to Anglo-Swiss parentage. Their vocal duo Sätteli, honours their Swiss heritage and brings a completely unique sound to British audiences - an eclectic mix of alpine songs old and new.

Pennine String Quartet & Kirsty Almeida present; Spirit of Place

Sat 07 Sep 2019
As part of EXPLORE! The South Pennines Park Walk and Ride Festival 2019 Pennine Prospects are hosting an amazing opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed musicians at Gibson Mill, in the heart of Hardcastle Crags.