Hardcastle Crags

A beauty spot of the South Pennines with 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 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. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust's flagship sustainable building.

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Events over the next 6 Months

Guided Walk: High Brown Knoll, 26th October 2019, 11:00 to 15:00
An opportunity to catch the late Autumn colours as we climb through the majestic beeches of Pecket Well Clough onto wild moorland of High Brown Knoll. Then to Lumb falls and returning down the delightful Crimsworth Valley.


Wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4, 28th October 2019, 12:00 to 15:00
Using the natural resources falling from the trees, create your very own Leaf lantern.


A New Leaf - a woodland walk with storytelling and song, by Brian Acton, 29th October 2019, 12:30 to 14:00
One day, a mysterious and beautiful new leaf arrives,

but the leaf is not all it appears to be!


Wild Wednesday's - Help the Rangers, 30th October 2019, 12:00 to 15:00
The outdoor team at Hardcastle Crags invite you to roll up your sleeves, become rangers for an afternoon and help us give nature a helping hand.


Mini broomstick making - Wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4, 31st October 2019, 12:00 to 15:00
Using the natural resources from the woodland, come along and create your very own mini broomstick.


Leaf Labyrinth - Wild art - 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4, 1st November 2019, 12:00 to 15:00
Lets gather as many leaves as possible and create a huge Leaf Labyrinth


Shaggy Dog Storytellers present 'Grimm Tales', 1st November 2019, 19:00 to 21:00
Meet at the welcome point at Midgehole Road car park, for a walk through the woods to Gibson Mill.


Christmas tree sale, 30th November 2019, 10:00 to 15:30
Create family memories when you buy a real Christmas tree from Hardcastle Crags this December.


Christmas wreath making, 30th November 2019, 11:00 to 13:00
Take some time out with friends and loved ones to create something beautiful for your home.


Christmas cook on a campfire - 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾, 14th December 2019, 12:00 to 14:00
Join us for a seasonal take on this popular activity with a trail through the woods, hot chocolate and a few surprises along the way.


Guided walk - winter tree I.D, 25th January 2020, 12:00 to 15:00
Do you know your birch from your beech or an ash from your alder? Join us for a walk with a difference this winter.


Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 11th April 2020, 12:00 to 16:00
The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt returns for another year.