So according to the AA route planner. Nathan was brought up 12.6 miles and I 18 miles away from Hardcastle Crags and yet in both cases we had never been.
We took the boys there on Friday and the question 'why?' did cross my mind a fair few times. It was such a lovely place. We walked by the river; up and down stairs;
through the 'squelchy mud'; ( I loved hearing Ben say this over and over with delight), over rocks and bridges and through tiny streams.
There were plenty of sticks for throwing in the river. We saw another heron and huge ant hills with equally huge ants.
At the first set of stepping stones (which had to be traversed a few times, at first with some help from Daddy and then 'all by myself' with Daddy just behind) Joseph in his outgoing nature made a friend in a little boy called Owen. We then stuck with him and his parents for the rest of the walk. It was nice for the boys to have the company and James and Karen were really nice to talk to. (a good opportunity to OYM)
By the time we made it to Gibson mill, the sun had disappeared and it was absolutely pelting it down with hailstones thrown into the mix. Naturally (ever the optimists or the unprepared) we were without waterproof coats or even coats with hoods which made for a soggy, cold walk back to the car.
We will be back - perhaps in May for the bluebells or in summer for fun in the river and I definitely will go the extra 50m needed to walk around the other side of the Mill and look at the fab view from that side (just found photos of it via google). Oh, and while we're at it next time I want to top the day off by going into Hebden Bridge for a browse round all those quirky shops we drove past - husband please take note :)