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A view over a rocky and grassy valley at Hardcastle Crags on a cloudy day
Hardcastle Crags, Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Mill walk (upper woodland)

There are some great views over the Hebden Valley, especially from the spectacular rocky outcrop called Slurring Rock. The route goes through a wonderful stand of pines and you should watch out for some of the local wildlife on this quieter part of the Crags.

Total steps: 3

Total steps: 3

Start point

Upper Midgehole Car Park. Grid ref: SD987291

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

End point

Gibson Mill, grid ref: SD972298

Trail map

A map showing the various walking routes around Hardcastle Crags.
A map showing the various walking routes around Hardcastle Crags. | © National Trust/Chris Bryerley

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Get in touch

Gibson Mill, Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AW