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Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge

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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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  • Lovely walk and great food and coffee in a place that puts its money where it's mouth is in terms of conservation and sustainability  more »
  • It's a walk that offer something to everybody, with the main path meandering alongside the river, climbing then dropping back to river level, then offering an (optional) safe crossing to the other sid...  more »
  • Beautiful walk in the woods and along the riverside and even better if you stop at Gibson Mill for a coffee.  more »