Gibson Mill is nestled in the Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful location in the South Pennines known for its marvellous landscape and views. There are over 15 miles of trails to explore in the centuries-old woodland and visitors can look out for tumbling waterfalls and local wildlife.

In the centre of Hardcastle Crags is the Gibson Mill. A 19th century cotton mill in the centre of the valley. It is entirely off the grid and today houses the Weaving Shed Café, the first entirely sustainable building in the National Trust’s repertoire. Here, visitors can enjoy hot and cold drinks, light lunches and delicious ice cream. There is also a volunteer led second-hand bookshop for you to explore before heading back out into the wilderness and continuing your adventure.

Things to do:

  • Explore Hardcastle Crags, reaching the top will reveal amazing woodland views.
  • Gibson Mill and the off-grid Weaving Shed Café.
  • Second-hand bookshop
  • The area is licensed for civil weddings!


There is a pre-bookable accessible car park and drop-off point at Gibson Mill.

Gibson Mill, café and bookshop is wheelchair accessible and has level terrain. There is also an accessible toilet on the site.

There is another car park at Clough Hole.

Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads near livestock.

The rest of Hardcastle Crags is subject to uneven woodland paths and rough terrain.

For more information, click here.

To visit another beauty spot in the north, click here.

Q Is there car parking?

There is limited pre-bookable accessible parking. Other parking is at Clough Hole.

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