Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

Hardcastle Crags is a wooded Pennine valley in West Yorkshire, England, owned by the National Trust. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies approximately 2mi north of the town of Hebden Bridge and 10mi west of the town of Halifax.Gibson MillApproximately half a mile along the valley there is a 19th century cotton mill called Gibson Mill. The mill was water powered and has been renovated to demonstrate renewable energy sources and a sustainability strategy. It is surrounded by 400acre of unspoilt woodland and crossed by 30mi of footpaths. The former cotton mill was one of the first powered mills built at the start of the Industrial Revolution.Water powered turbines, photo voltaic panels, composting toilets, a wood burning boiler, a wood burning ceramic stove and locally-sourced reclaimed interior materials have gone into making the venture sustainable.The mill reopened to the public on Saturday, 24 September 2005 and there are exhibits about the mill and its workers.
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  • Managed to get the the bottom car park through the snow - greeted by a lovely lady called Jane who explained what walks were available. Lovely walk along the riverside to the Mill and back - will go b...  more »
  • This was our first and now one of our favourite walks after moving from Suffolk.It is easy walking up to the cafe and gets a bit tougher if you go over the moor for a hike.It is just lovely any time o...  more »
  • Visited with parents who are National Trust members so car parking was free although I think it was only around £5 for the whole day which is not bad. Walked along the road to the mill, lovely walk fo...  more »
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  • A fantastic walk. Just be careful as can very slippery.
  • We took our 3-year old granddaughter on the Mill Walk. Halfway she was flagging, so my son went back to the car and said he would drive to the Mill to meet us. But when he got back he was told he couldn't come and pick us up - even though the Mill is accessible by car! We got to the Mill and found out what had happened and remonstrated with the lady on the till but she was utterly intransigent. So my son had to return the full mile on foot and then return with us. fortunately he had a buggy in the car as otherwise we would have had to carry or cajole our granddaughter the full mile back. We are now going to cancel our NT membership after over 40 years as members.
  • Beautiful place to walk in the countryside. Not ideal for prams or young children though as it is very hilly.
  • An epic walk. Purple route at the end can be a bit tough and v high, but worth it - prob not for kids though! The other routes are a bit gentler a bit still holy Saw three deer. Great for dogs. Had a drink and sandwiches in the cafe. Loads of kids and dogs!
  • Great walks, easy, middling and a bit tougher. beautiful scenery and the Mills pretty good too.

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