Hardcastle Crags

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image: © National Trust / Annapurna Mellor

Breathtaking beauty at Hardcastle Crags, a spectacular wooded valley nestled in the South Pennines. Boasting over 400 acres of pristine woodland, this natural paradise is a must-visit destination.

Attractions at Hardcastle Crags

  • Gibson Mill: At the core of the valley lies the 19th-century Gibson Mill, a beacon of sustainability and historical architecture, surrounded by the lush greenery of the crags.
  • Weaving Shed Café: Located within Gibson Mill, the café offers a delightful range of refreshments, perfectly complementing your woodland adventure.
  • Walking Trails: Traverse more than 15 miles of picturesque footpaths, unveiling the hidden gems of the woodland and the surrounding countryside.
  • Pet-Friendly Paradise: Hardcastle Crags is an ideal spot for dog owners, offering diverse trails for both leisurely strolls and more adventurous hikes.
  • Secondhand Bookshop: Housed in Gibson Mill, a charming bookshop is managed by dedicated volunteers, offering a wide selection of reads.

Natural Highlights

Home to the unique northern hairy wood ant, Hardcastle Crags is a sanctuary for wildlife. Discover tumbling streams, captivating waterfalls, and rugged millstone grit formations, all interconnected by extensive walking paths.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: The Weaving Shed Café is open daily from April to November, offering a cosy retreat with both indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Parking Facilities: Convenient pay and display parking available at Clough Hole, Widdop Road (HX7 7AZ) and Midgehole (HX7 7AA). Note: A 2m height barrier exists at Clough Hole car park.

Plan Your Visit

For detailed access information, please refer to our Access Statement.


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