Planning your visit to Hardcastle Crags

A family enjoy the sunshine in front of Gibson Mill

We're looking forward to welcoming you to Hardcastle Crags. Here's some useful information to help you find out what to expect on a visit.

When can I visit Hardcastle Crags?

The countryside at Hardcastle Crags is all year round, from dawn until dusk, with many public rights of way criss-crossing the land.

The Weaving Shed Cafe is open for takeaway refreshments, 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm. There are picnic tables available in the courtyard and up the path from the mill, opposite The Crags. The toilets at Gibson Mill are open 7 days a week, too.

Do I have to book to visit Hardcastle Crags?

You do not have to book to visit Hardcastle Crags. However, our car parks can get very busy, especially on bank holidays and on sunny weekends. We recommend arriving early (before 10am) or coming later in the day (after 2pm). 

What measures are in place during the coronavirus outbreak?

Please follow the latest government guidance when you visit.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit

In England, from 19 July, face coverings are not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area on your visit which is enclosed and crowded, such as the cafe and mill. 

At the moment we're asking visitors to please use card payments only in the cafe. 

Where can I park at Hardcastle Crags?

We have two car parks; Clough Hole Car Park- HX7 7AZ. Midgehole Car Park - HX7 7AA.

Our car parks can get very busy at weekends so we recommend coming early (before 10am) or later in the day (after 2pm), particularly during school holidays and on weekends. 

Please note there is a 2m height restriction barrier on Clough Hole carpark. 

How much does it cost to visit Hardcastle Crags?

Parking is free for National Trust Members, or £5 for non members (coin only). There's no entry fee to visit the countryside at Hardcastle Crags.

How far are the walks at Hardcastle Crags?

There are over 15 miles of footpaths to explore at Hardcastle Crags. The track from Midgehole car park to Gibson Mill and the Weaving Shed Cafe is a relatively flat 1.25 miles (about 45 minutes walk). The path from Clough Hole Car park to Gibson Mill is half a mile, but the route is uphill on the way back.

We have lots of different walks to explore here, taking you around the woodland and wider countryside. 

Is Hardcastle Crags pram friendly?

The main track is suitable for prams, although it is quite stony and there are some uphill sections.

Is Hardcastle Crags dog friendly?

We love welcoming dogs to Hardcastle Crags. Please keep your dog under close control and pick up any waste.

What wildlife is there at Hardcastle Crags?

Hardcastle Crags is a haven for wildlife, with rare birds, roe deer and insects. 

Do you have a map of Hardcastle Crags?

We have a map available to download here. There are also maps onsite which you can take a photo of on your phone during your visit.