Walking at Hardcastle Crags

Two walkers in shaded woodland

This wooded valley was once known as “the Switzerland of Yorkshire”, and with its rugged woodland, trickling waterfalls and tumbling streams its easy to see why.

In line with government guidelines, our countryside space is open for local people to enjoy. We ask all visitors to respect social distancing to keep everyone safe.

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 pick up a walking leaflet from the car park to help plan your visit. 

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

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 the walk below.

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