Walking at Hardcastle Crags

A family walking their dog during the autumn in the woodland at Hardcastle Crags

With over 15 miles of footpaths to explore, this wooden valley is a walker’s paradise. Grab your walking boots and discover tumbling streams, deep ravines and ragged rocks on a walk around Hardcastle Crags.

Walking at Hardcastle Crags 

The valley is criss-crossed with over 15 miles of footpaths, just waiting to be discovered.

Choose one of our popular way marked trails and head out for an adventure in the woods. Take a look at the routes below or take a photo of the map in the welcome hut on your visit, to use as you head out on a walk through the Yorkshire countryside. 

Enjoy the views across the wooded valley
Enjoy the views across the wooded valley
Enjoy the views across the wooded valley

Railway Trail at Hardcastle Crags 

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.

Explore miles of woodland paths criss-crossed by streams and waterfalls
A family walk through woodland past a waterfall
Explore miles of woodland paths criss-crossed by streams and waterfalls

Mill Walk at Hardcastle Crags 

The Mill walk takes you along the enchanting banks of Hebden Water. Perfect for families to explore, take in the riverside wildlife and enjoy splashing in the water.

Roe deer are regular visitors to the woodland
A roe deer in the woodland at Hardcastle Crags
Roe deer are regular visitors to the woodland