Hardcastle Crags

Historic Site/Structure, Attraction, Natural Feature, Garden/Environmental Attraction, Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


Whether you’re looking for a rugged hike or a gentle stroll, there’s plenty of walking trails to enjoy at Hardcastle Crags. Wander along streams or climb to the very top of the valley, enjoying the wide-reaching views over the surrounding countryside.

There are regular guided walks to join too, where you can explore the wider landscape surrounding Hardcastle Crags or join one of the team’s rangers to get closer to the woodland’s fascinating wildlife.

At the heart at the woodland you’ll find the 19th century Gibson Mill, a historic cotton mill steeped in history, which now houses an off the grid visitor centre, café and shop. Discover the history of the mill and how it transformed over the years, from a place of thriving industry to an entertainment emporium. Cosy up in the Weaving Shed Café and treat yourself to a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

Gibson Mill is completely off the grid, with all the power needed to run everything in the building generated on site. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee, made with filtered spring water from the woodland streams, and tuck into tasty seasonal treats including hearty soups and freshly made sandwiches. You can also hire Gibson Mill for weddings and events too, giving you a unique and historic space for your celebrations.

Families will love the den building area, where you can gather sticks to make your own woodland shelter. There are also plenty of family events throughout the year where you can tick off some of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ - here you can try your hand at pond dipping, tree climbing or building a mini raft to sail on the mill pond.

To help plan your visit, take a look at the website to see what’s on.


Type Price
All Entry is free although parking charges apply - National Trust members park for free


  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Card Payment

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