During your stay at Hebden Hey, you will be included in our Education Group Membership of the National Trust. This allows you to take your group round the mill and partake in their activities at no further cost. If you can give the education officer or warden some advanced notice,m they can also arrange guided tours of the mill as well as put-on activities outside in the surrounding woods. Contact Sara Parsons at the National Trust Offices tel (01422) 841023
The Mill offers visitors to Hardcastle Crags an opportunity to learn more about the Crags and the Mill itself.
‘Hands-on’ exhibitions inside Gibson Mill give visitors an exciting interactive experience.
The exhibitions explore:
Visitors will also be able to find out more about the green technology that will keep Gibson Mill working and the sustainable way in which the property will be run.
Water from Hebden Water kept the many mills in the valley running. The dams and weirs are all that remains of them. Look out for dragonflies hovering over the ponds in spring and summer and, if you are quiet, you may also spot grey wagtails, heron or dipper by the river.
The northern hairy wood ant makes enormous ant hills out of pine needles. The ant hills are as large below ground as they are above. In the summer you can see the ants marching across the woodland floor and up and down the trees.
Look for dippers across the river; its white ‘bib’ against its dark, plump body is unmistakeable. The woodland and streams also attract many other birds including jays, woodpeckers, wagtail, goldcrest and nuthatch.
The damp, shaded woodlands create perfect conditions for many species of fern, moss and lichen. Lichens are especially sensitive to pollution so their presence indicates good air quality; look out for them on rocks. The woodland floor is covered with bluebells in spring, or visit in autumn when the fruiting bodies of hundreds of varieties of fungi emerge from the ground.
There is an orienteering course being planned and mapped. Maps will be available for purchase form the National Trust at a small charge.
There are numerous Geocaches set within the 400 acre estate, you can get coordinates from the NT warden before your visit to plan your activity.
Vehicles are not allowed up to the mill, but anyway it is much quicker to walk from Hebden Hey.
Walk down to the river & then across the stepping stones, turn left & follow the riverside path upstream for approx 1km.
Alternatively, if you walk down our access road to Harden Hall (the first house you get to), then bear left down the path to New Bridge / Midgehole. You can cross the river on a proper bridge, follow the road towards the National Trust car park, then turn left & follow the wide track up to Gibson Mill. This route is maybe a mile farther in total but an easier path underfoot.