Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water

Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water

Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water

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Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water

Distance: 3 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key


Weather Forecast

Hebden Bridge
light rain
humidity: 80%
wind: 8m/s W
H 4 • L 3
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Why you should do this walk…

A 3 mile 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.

Dog friendly?…

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.

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How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water walk please visit iFootpath

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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