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Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water is a 4.0 kilometer loop trail located near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
152 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

rocky

This is a circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland. The walk follows a mixture of dirt and rocky paths, which can be muddy in part and can also be very slippery when wet. There are no gates or stiles on route but you will need to negotiate several flights of steps and some uneven climbs through sections of rocks. The outward leg largely follows the riverside path whilst the return journey climbs steeply up to the valley top ridge which has steep drops down to the side. If you would rather avoid this part, you can choose to return via the valley's quiet vehicle track or back along the riverside path, the way you came. Dogs are welcome in the site. There are picnic tables in several places along the route and there are public toilets at the start and about half way round. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

We took the riverside walk to the craggs and then the top path up over the hillside back to the main car park. Relatively easy terrain but lots of ups and downs, it can strenuous for some but overall a perfectly enjoyable walk. Car park can get busy so try get their earlier to avoid disappointment. The cafe at the stepping stones offers basic food, sometimes hot food isn’t available due to the location/lack of electricity so I’d advising taking a packed lunch.

1 month ago

lovely walk. free parking for national trust members is always a bonus

2 months ago

Lovely walk, the car park was busy but there is a second National Trust car park around the corner. We extended the walk slightly to go up the Craggs. It took about 15 mins after the Mill cafe. Worth the extra effort for a wonderful view.

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