With 400 acres of unspoilt woodland nestling in the valley, tumbling waterfalls and magical streams, Hardcastle Crags is fondly known as ‘Little Switzerland’. The 18 miles of footpaths make walking here accessible as well as beautiful, right at Walshaw Lodge’s front door. The National Trust provides guided walks and other activities throughout the year.
Visit the National Trust website for further details or telephone 01422 844518 for further details.
Situated within Hardcastle Crags is Gibson Mill – an old cotton mill run by a water wheel, which has become the National Trust’s flagship sustainable property.
The National Trust opened Gibson Mill in 2005 as an educational and community centre run by sustainable energy. The mill, built in 1800, ended its textile production in the 1890s and took on a new lease of life as a tea room, dance hall and roller-skating rink.
Gibson mill is now home to some fascinating exhibitions and demonstrations of sustainability, displays on the history of the crags and the mill and a new cafe.