Hardcastle Crags………………a sea of colours in Spring

Hardcastle Crags, there is something about that name that conjures up words like majestic, inspiring and dare one say breathtaking. It is a beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 160 hectares (400 acres) of unspoiled woodland (near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire).

A swathe of bluebells

A swathe of bluebells

As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles (24km) of footpaths.

Lichen on dry stone wall

Lichen on dry stone wall

I have to confess that the “northern hairy wood ant” was not high on my list of “must see” things when I visited the crags.

Toll bridge across the river

Toll bridge across the river

At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the National Trust’s flagship sustainable building.

Charges to cross the toll bridge

Charges to cross the toll bridge

A brisk walk along the main path to the mill and suddenly you are confronted by a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic, it is even possible to get the smell of the garlic when a breeze blows and foodies say that the garlic is wonderful to cook with, much subtler and sweeter than the traditional bulbs of garlic we use in the UK.

Wild garlic alongside the path

Wild garlic alongside the path

The carpet of bluebells was magnificent and at times it was like looking at a paining by one of the French impressionists. As I walked I was assaulted by a rainbow of colour, so many shades of green leaves, muliti-coloured lichens, pinks, blues and whites of the various wild flowers not forgetting the creamy mushrooms growing half way up a tree.

Muliti coloured field

Muliti coloured field

After visiting the mill I made my way back along side the river and was at all time overshadowed by a canopy of leaves and branches. Bird life is in abundance although it is far more difficult to pick them out in the dense trees than it is to hear their songs……………..

Young gentleman out for a walk................

Young gentleman out for a walk…………….

I was extremely impressed with the walk and I shall no doubt return in the near future as the photographic opportunities are unlimited, if you have never visited give it a try and your efforts will be rewarded.

They start them walking young in Yorkshire

They start them walking young in Yorkshire

Further information can be obtained from http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardcastle-crags/

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2 Responses to Hardcastle Crags………………a sea of colours in Spring

  1. info4u2bu says:

    I spent many happy hours here in my childhood. I remember hiking over to Haworth from there as well.

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  2. kindadukish says:

    I didn’t realise how beautiful this place was until today, will be returning very soon for more photographic opportunities.

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