Things to see and do at Hardcastle Crags

Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Spring brings the promise of renewal, as you take a walk through the wooded valley, what signs of spring will you discover?

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 effectivness of natural flood management.

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

Slow the Flow Calderdale at Hardcastle Crags 

Ever wondered what all these leaky dams are for?


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.

Hardcastle Crags, a view across the wooded valley.
View with crag across the valley at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire
Hardcastle Crags, a view across the wooded valley.

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.

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



Upcoming events

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Fri 30 Mar 2018
The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts return for another year

Den Building - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Tue 03 Apr 2018
Step outdoors, let the woodland be your playground and build your very own den this spring.

Build a mini raft - 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Wed 04 Apr 2018
Test your mini raft building skills this Spring when you join in with our raft building activities.

Map and Compass - 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾

Thu 05 Apr 2018
Explore the ancient woodland at Hardcastle Crags the traditional way - using a map and compass.

Make a bug hotel - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Fri 06 Apr 2018
Join us this Easter holiday and help us to build a 5 star lodging for the woodland bugs.

Tree Climbing Challenge

Sat 07 Apr 2018
Have you ever climbed a tree? Would you like to try something new? Back by popular demand is a one hour tree climbing experience run in partnership with The Great Big Tree Climbing Co. Dare you take the challenge?