Total steps: 3
Total steps: 3
Upper Midgehole Car Park. Grid ref: SD987291
Starting on the upper part of Upper Midgehole Car Park, take the path which goes uphill towards the red waymarker. Follow the path between two fields - these often have ponies grazing in them so keep close control of any dogs - and continue uphill before going left at the fork. The path winds to the left then right and crosses a small watercourse. This is a relatively long, steep climb up to Slurring Rock, an unusual rocky outcrop.
Turn left at the waymarker and begin a slight descent that curves towards the main track to the mill, which can be seen below. You'll eventually start to walk parallel to the track. There are several sections of uneven stones which can be muddy, before a slight climb up three sets of wooden steps. There is then a gradual descent through the pines.
A slight incline takes you to a stile with a waymarker pointing left in front of several fields. This is a good place to rest and listen to the birdsong from treetops which are not that far from where you're stood. You may also have to give way to other walkers as the path is fairly narrow here. The final descent uses very uneven stones that cross a watercourse before connecting to the main track a few metres away from Gibson Mill to your right.
Gibson Mill, grid ref: SD972298
A chance to explore a quieter part of Hardcastle Crags with dramatic cliffs, waterfalls and lovely beech woods. The route starts along the edge of a lovely mill dam and then stays very close to the stream where you should watch out for Dippers, Wagtails and Herons.
A varied circular walk through woods, alongside the stream and dams with great views along the higher slopes. Watch out for bluebells in the Spring. Part of this route follow the old railway that was used to build the reservoirs on the tops.
Walk from Hardcastle Crags' car park to Gibson Mill, and see how the stream changes along the route, looking out for weirs, wildlife and stepping stones – a fun way to get across to the other side.