History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Entymology enthusiasts will enjoy the Crags, as the area is home to the northern hairy wood ant (the rest of us needn't worry, as the little fellows are harmless!). The ants build prominent nests, using pine needles the way we might use thatch.
Hardcastle Crags covers over 400 acres of woodland. At the centre of the Crags is Gibson's Mill, a restored cotton mill that was one of the first in the area. The mill now acts as a visitor centre for the Crags as well as offering a look at our Industrial Revolution past.
So remote is the site that it is not connected to the National Grid for its electricty, but rather, it generates its own power through a sustainable, eco-friendly energy scheme implemented by the National Trust.
There are regular guided walks through the Crags, but visitors can also take one of four signposted walks which resemble a figure 8, centred on Gibson's Mill.
About Hardcastle Crags
Address: Hollin Hall, Crimsworth Dean, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, England, HX7 7AP
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: There is limited car parking, which can cause delays at high season. Please consider coming by public transport, cycle, or on foot. Details on the National Trust website.
Website: Hardcastle Crags
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: Ivan Hall, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Gibson's Mill - 0.7 miles (Historic Building)
Top Withens - 3.6 miles (Historic Building)
Bronte Parsonage Museum - 5.6 miles (Museum)
Haworth, St Michael's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
Halifax, All Souls Church - 7.1 miles (Historic Church)
Copley, St Stephen's Church - 7.5 miles (Historic Church)
Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum - 8 miles (Museum)
Burnley, St Peter's Church - 8.9 miles (Historic Church)
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