Days out in Yorkshire: Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge

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If you’re looking for a day of truly wonderful views and unspoilt woodland full of the best nature has to offer then a trip to Hardcastle Crags has just about everything you could want.

The only thing missing (albeit until April 1) is there is no cafe but that will soon be open again, along with Gibson Mill.

Situated in a beautiful wooded valley with 19th-Century Gibson Mill at its heart, this beauty spot of the South Pennines has more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoilt woodland.

As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of accessible footpaths.

At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions, so it’s ideal for the kids as well. as they can have fun, get fit and learn all at the same time.

Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the National Trust’s flagship sustainable building.

Hardcastle Crags is a fantastic place to explore at any time of year.

There are lots of walking routes to choose from including a wildlife walk, railway walk and wood folk walk.

Why not see what you can spot in the woodland. Be on the lookout for things like roe deer.

GIbson Mill and the Weaving Shed Cafe don’t open until April 1, after which they open from 11am-4pm, however, the woodland walks are available from dawn until dusk.


Address: Hardcaste Crags, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Telephone: 01422 844518



Opening times: check website before you visit

Satnav: HX7 7AP

Parking is also pay and display at Midgehole Road and Clough Hole, Widdop Road.

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