Eating and shopping at Hardcastle Crags
During your visit to Hardcastle Crags, choose from a range of delicious, locally sourced treats at the Weaving Shed Café – you'll have the added satisfaction of knowing that every penny you spend will go back into the upkeep of this special place. Afterwards, head to the second-hand bookshop, where you can browse a huge selection of pre-loved page turners.
The Weaving Shed Café
The Weaving Shed Café serves a range of drinks and snacks to take away and enjoy in the beautiful countryside surrounding Gibson Mill.
There are picnic tables located close to,the mill and also on the Lady Royd field, which is up the hill, opposite the footpath that leads to the Crags. Surrounded by woodland, it's a lovely, peaceful spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a bite to eat.
Something for everyone
Fancy something savoury? Choose from a range of freshly made sandwiches, pasties, one-pot dishes and crisps.
Those with a sweet tooth can pick from a selection of homemade cakes, traybakes and traditional scones. There are also several flavours of ice cream, which can be enjoyed either in a tub or a cone.
Of course, we serve all your favourite hot and cold drinks, too, ensuring that you'll never go thirsty during your visit.
Your four-legged friends are welcome to join you at the café and around Gibson Mill, though we request that you keep them on a lead. If they're feeling thirsty after a walk in the woodland, they can make use of the water bowls in the yard at Gibson Mill.
Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.
If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.
Always check when you visit
Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.
Every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us to continue looking after places for everyone to enjoy.
The second-hand bookshop
Inside the historic Gibson Mill, you’ll find the second-hand bookshop, which is run by our dedicated volunteers. Browse the range of quality books – you might just discover an exciting read to take home.
Whether you're a fan of sci-fi, looking for a book on nature or searching for an exciting children's adventure, you'll find the shop packed with a great selection.
The funds raised from the second hand bookshop go directly to Hardcastle Crags. So, by picking up a new page-turner, you'll be helping to look after this special place for future generations.
Donating your books
If you'd like to donate any second-hand books, please bring them along to Midgehole car park on a Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 3pm. Thank you.
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Pick up a book from a second-hand bookshop to keep or share. Every purchase will raise funds for conservation projects at the places in our care.
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With 15 miles of footpaths to explore in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, there's lots to discover on a walk at Hardcastle Crags.
With 15 miles of footpaths, Hardcastle Crags is the perfect place to walk your dog and explore your surroundings, with helpful facilities available for your four-legged friend. Hardcastle Crags is a three pawprint rated place.
Serving everything from hearty local fare to takeaway tea and coffee, there is a wide range of places to eat in Yorkshire. Try the Long Barn Café at Wentworth Castle Gardens or the Weaving Shed at Hardcastle Crags.