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“Great walk but the cafe lets it down”
Review of Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Lovely walk along the river which with a small sniffy dog takes about an hour. We usually walk back along the made up road and that takes just under half an hour. The only let down is the cafe which has odd opening times and a not very good selection on offer.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

As soon as you park up (if you can find a space on busy days) you are looking for one of the many trails that lead through the woods and glades; there are trails for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. Step off the more popular trails and the peace & quiet hits you; turn a corner (or turn around) and incredible views across the valley stop you in your tracks. There are picnic areas where children can play in the river but keep an eye on them as the stones are slippery and that river has been known to strip trees from the bank & throw boulders about after a good rain. Choose a circuitous route and you can stop off at the Mill Cafe for refreshment. The whole area is a great photo opportunity and check out the NT website as there are various events going on through the year.

Thank Frostygirl3
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Several woodland walks available, some harder than others. The easier one are great for kids and adults alike. When we went it was fairly quiet and it was a relaxing walk even with the odd steep rock climb. There is a little cafe with several picnic tables. Don't go if you don't like dogs, this is a doggy paradise and their owners know it, my pooch certainly loves coming here.

Thank daffystjob
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Parking midweek, £3.50 (no buses weekdays). Walked many of the waymarked paths and found the more outlying ones very overgrown with bracken and balsam. The viewpoints shown on the leaflet don't exist in summer as trees have grown to obscure any view that might once have been there. What was also frustrating, was the lack of information or interpretation boards around the site. There are obviously some ancient surfaced paths through the estate and it would have been interesting to know who constructed them and why.
I think the NT could do more to interpret the site, not all visitors come solely to exercise their dogs and children.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

I have to say, this is a very very pretty place to visit. We took our dogs, and they absolutely loved dipping in and out of the water, and running through the trees. We went on a lovely sunny afternoon, so it was very busy, although we found a parking space in one of several car parks. All the car parks were National Trust P&D, and it is £3.50 for 3 hrs, or £5.00 the day, not cheap, but since the Crags is so well maintained, it is well worth the money. We planned to do the 'Mill Walk' which takes you along side the lovely clean running water to an old Mill, and return by the private road, however a good way in we encountered a very steep set of steps which for me were not an option (I had left my walking pole in the car and took my camera instead!). Turning back however didn't spoilt the visit, and we would definitely return, but mid-week. Although we did see several people walking in flip flops, we would strongly recommend proper walking footwear.

Thank Stef C
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