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Hardcastle Crags is one of the best wildlife spots in the Pennines for nature watching during the winter months.

The whole area is densely wooded especially the steep valley sides, with the landscape being characterised by deep rocky ravines, falling streams and wooded areas.

Halfway up the valley are the 'Crags' which are impressive stacks of millstone grit, a 'must see' for geology lovers.

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The great thing about woodlands is that they offer little windows into the past. If you know what you're doing, you can get a rough idea of how old a forest is.

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  • Our woods offer amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Nature's Calendar team? Try your hand at deer watching or birding.

Hardcastle Crags - Visitor Guide


Hardcastle Crags, Estate Office, Hollin Hall, Crimsworth Dean, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.


Postcode HX7 7AP
Telephone:01422 844518
Fax:01422 841026
Ordnance Survey:e.g. Explorer 316 - map ref:159655
Key attraction: Wildlife watching wading birds, butterflies, amphibian life, freshwater fish.
Essential kit:Sturdy footwear, binoculars.
Nature watching:Regular walks through the year - 26 miles of paths. Weekdays are quieter with a better chance of seeing wildlife. A good time to see the wood ants is during late winter on a warm, sunny day.
Access:Disabled parking . Adapted WC at Gibson Mill. The grounds are partly accessible but there are some steep slopes, loose gravel tracks and uneven paths, and some undulating terrain. Braille guide.
Getting there:A good base to explore the area is Hebden Bridge, one mile away - the town is well served by road, rail and canal. This picturesque old town has many cafes, craft shops and points of interest.
Opening times:All year round.
Charges: Gibson Mill: Adult £3, child £1.50, family £7.50.
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