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Hardcastle Crags Hike

Hardcastle Crags Hike

This Summer, Join Us for a Breathtaking Hike at Hardcastle Crags

Date: Saturday, 3rd August
Time: 10:30am (Meet at 8:45 for those taking transport)
Location: Hardcastle Crags, Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AW
Meeting Point: Use HX7 7AL for navigation

Fundraising Target: £100
Registration fees:
Adult or Child with Transport: £15 (Available from Bradford; Blackburn and Manchester subject to demand)

£10 for Adults Make Your Own Way
£5 for Children Make Your Own Way
Free for Under 3s Make Your Own Way

Easy Route: 4.5 miles
Challenging Route: 6 miles
Accessible Route (suitable for pushchair/wheelchair): 2 miles* subject to demand

This August, experience the natural beauty of Hardcastle Crags, a stunning woodland valley with over 400 acres of unspoiled countryside. Combine a picturesque hike, with views of cascading waterfalls, tranquil ponds, and awe-inspiring history dating back 200 years.

Trek with us to traverse a serene trail, amidst towering trees, blooming wildflowers and wondrous waterfalls, providing a perfect location for a family day out. You’ll be met with a climb up the Crags for a stunning view, and within its grounds a 19th century cotton mill.

Whether you choose the easy hike or the more challenging trek, you’re in for a treat with breath-taking views and scenic landscapes.

Join us and you’ll be walking with others, taking in the beauty of your surroundings and raising funds for HHUGS families. There’s no better time to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside than in a British Summer.

Whether you’re an avid walker, a history boffin or someone who wants to connect to nature, we invite you to walk with us on this path to better your mood, health, and the lives of others.

How can I take part?

Simply sign up, and your ready-made page on our leaderboard will be created, set your target and spread the word far and wide! The only essential is to let everyone know you’re taking on this challenge for a great cause, so they can donate and support you like the HHUGS Hero you are!

Will transport be provided?

Transport will be provided from Bradford.
The meeting point will be at: The Islam Bradford Centre, 1 City Rd, Bradford BD8 8ER
Meeting time: 8:45am. The coach will set off promptly at 9:15am
Subject to sufficient demand, transport may be available from Manchester and Blackburn.

Can I make my own way there?

Yes, alternatively you can make your own way to the event.

How can I get there?

Road Directions
Our pay and display car parks at Clough Hole, Widdop Road HX7 7AZ and Midgehole HX7 7AA are £5, coins only. No change given. Please be aware there is a 2m barrier on Clough Hole car park.

Parking: Pay-and-display car park is available at Midgehole Car Park (HX7 7AL) – please note there are areas 1 and 2. We will be meeting at Area 2. A £5 car parking charge will apply, but National Trust members park free. Cash only. Only disabled badge holders are allowed to park at Gibson Mill (please call to book).

[Please note there is another car park at Clough Hole (HX7 7AZ) which we will not be using. but it is some distance away and there is a 2m barrier there]

Sat Nav: Use HX7 7AL for Midgehole Car Park Area 2. Look out for the National Trust signs.

By train
Midgehole Car Park is 1.8 miles (roughly a 40-minute walk) from Hebden Bridge railway station. For local trains www.wymetro.com or call 0113 245 7676.

By bus
for local buses visit www.wymetro.com or call 0113 245 7676.

By bicycle
NCN68 passes close by.

Who can take part?

As we have two or three routes to choose from, anyone who is fit and able to walk can participate. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. The event is open to both individuals and groups, so please invite your friends, families, neighbours and colleagues to join you. If you’re part of a Scout, youth group or school why not get your colleagues involved?

We will have two routes, one easy route (4.5 miles) which children can do whilst holding their parents hands in parts, and one intermediate route (6 miles). Please note that the 4.5 mile route is less even in parts so it is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. If there is significant demand, we can arrange a 2.5 mile route that is wheelchair/pram accessible where the path is surfaced and even.

How fit do I need to be?

You will be walking from between 2-6 miles for 3-4 hours, depending on the route you opt for. People of all fitness levels are welcome to the challenge, and hence why people are willing to sponsor you to do the walk. If you have any medical conditions, please consult your doctor before you register for the walk.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable footwear (walking boots or trainers are advisable), warm and waterproof clothing.

Are the walking routes difficult?

The easy route is generally gentle to walk and trouble-free. Risk assessments have been conducted and stewards/guides will inform you on the day of any spots which require attention.

What if I get lost or injured along during the walk?

Prior to the walk, we will have a group event briefing. All participants you be provided with a printed and electronic route map with details of what to do in the unlikely event of getting lost and injured. There will also be HHUGS staff and volunteers with walkie talkies guiding you along the way, and qualified First Aid representatives to help you along your walk. We will share our WhatsApp live location on the group for participants.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes, you will be provided with a sandwich, crisps, fruit and water. (Chicken and vegetarian options available).

Will other refreshments be provided?

Yes, the Weaving Shed Café serves a range of drinks and snacks to eat in or take away and enjoy in the beautiful countryside surrounding Gibson Mill.

There are picnic tables located close to the mill and also on the Lady Royd field, which is up the hill, opposite the footpath that leads to the Crags. Surrounded by woodland, it’s a lovely, peaceful spot to enjoy a cup of tea and a bite to eat.

They provide a range of savoury items like sandwiches, pasties, soup and crisps, as well as a selection of cakes, traybakes and traditional scones for those with a sweet tooth.

What should I bring with me?

Bring a water proof jacket and/or umbrella in case it rains, SPF lotion, a water bottle and a fully charged mobile phone. If you need any medication e.g. inhaler for asthma, please ensure you bring it with you.

What do I do when I arrive at the venue?

Upon arrival, you will need to register with HHUGS volunteers. There you will be issued with a map of the route, lunch and other items.

Are there toilets on site?

We advise all participants to use the toilets and make wudhu on arrival, before we start.

Will there be a stop to perform prayer

Yes, we will perform dhuhr prayer during the walk. Ablution can be performed in the toilet facilities if required.

Is this event suitable for children?

Yes, the easy/intermediate route is suitable for children to walk with whilst holding their parent’s hands if required. It is not suitable for prams/pushchairs as the path is not even and in places if one had a pushchair/stroller they would have to fold it and carry it, whilst also managing their children. There are stepping stones across the water. If there is sufficient demand, we can provide a 2 mile route which is suitable for pushchairs/prams. However, if your child suffers from any health problems, please consult your doctor before you register for the walk.

What can I expect to see?

Hardcastle Crags is a beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 400 acres of unspoilt woodland. A steep climb up to the Crags gives the site its name and offers stunning views. With more than 15 miles of footpaths to explore through the woodland and wider countryside, the site has lots of beautiful spots and wildlife to discover on route. There is also Gibson’s Mill, a 19th-century cotton mill set in the middle of a rugged valley. Look out for herons, dippers and wagtails by the water’s edge and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woodland.

How much do I expect to fundraise?

We ask all participants to fundraise a minimum of £100. We are confident however that with a little effort, participants can easily raise far more than the minimum £100 target!

Is there a registration fee?

Participants will need to pay registration fee to cover the costs of lunch, guides and event costs.
• £10 for Adults (12+)
• £5 for Children (3-12 years)
· Under 3s are free


If you would like to book transport from Bradford, then the registration fee for the event, inclusive of coach transport, is £15 per person (irrespective of age).

Is there a deadline for the registration fee?

Yes, the registration fee must be paid by Friday 2nd August 2024, 6pm.

What are the benefits of taking part?

Aside from changing the lives of families in need, there are many benefits to walking:

Physical health – As well as reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity keeps your body healthy and strong. It can help your blood pressure, help you to sleep better and keep your heart healthy. Walking can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. By getting into regular walking habit, you will feel more energetic and awake over time.
Mental health – Walking can reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem, reduce stress and build a greater sense of calm. Look after your mind as well as your body.

Pushing out of your comfort zone and achieving.

I have never fundraised before where do I start?

Easy. Your fundraising page will be set up automatically when you register and will be added to our very own leaderboard system, the first gaming leaderboard to be created by any charity!

Once you’ve set your target, share the page with your friends, family and colleagues. It’ll have all the details of the challenge you’re taking on – and allows people to sponsor you and donate straight to HHUGS, quickly and easily online.

£100 may seem daunting at first, but it’s really as simple as getting 10 friends to donate £10.

If that’s a breeze, you can set your heights on a higher target – £500 or £1000 – easily achieved with just 20 friends donating £50.

Many novice fundraisers have doubted they could raise £100 but with sincere intentions, du’a and the help of Allah they went to raise £1000 in the space of a few days. Some went on to smash the target by raising £5000 or £10000!! So never underestimate what you can achieve!

We’re on hand to support and encourage you at every stage, and if you’re not a confident wordsmith, we can even provide template messages for you to share if you’re short of ideas. Remember to use all means at your disposal to share your page – WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and SMS. Some even made videos to encourage people, and got their parents and children to compete with them in the process! Whether you’re a novice or an experienced fundraiser, this method is tried and tested.

Here are a few tips

Fundraising pages are just like paper sponsorship forms, except they’re online, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash, cheques and chasing sponsors after the event is finished. You could even create your own fundraising team to help you spread the word!

Level up your profile – Add an image, complete your story and set your event date.

Kick-start your fundraising by donating to yourself. It’s a great way to begin your fundraising!

Set a target: Aim high and keep your friends and family updated on how close you are to reach your goal!

Spread the word. Once your page has been created you can share it with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. You can also share it via a SMS message, e-mailing your contacts, or sending a WhatsApp and Telegram broadcast to your friends and family. Don’t forget to share it on any groups that you’re on.

You can also share it on your story on WhatsApp, TikTok, Telegram, Facebook and Instagram.

Change your profile picture on all your social media platforms to our very own fundraiser avatar. You can even add it to your email signature! And of course don’t forget the old fashioned way of speaking to friends and family on the phone too!

Let everyone know when the countdown to your challenge has begun by using our social media badges and sharing your page on your social media channels.

Use social media to promote your walk through status updates, posting photos as your train, or undertake your walk, making videos, sending messages. Encourage others to join you if it’s safe to do so and you’re in a group of six!

Think of fun ways to help donations roll in and the hours will fly by.

Ask for help! Don’t be afraid to ask for tips from other fundraisers on our WhatsApp groups or asking staff for ways to energise donors if you find you’re getting stuck.

Here are some other ways to help:

Get your fundraising matched by a colleague, workplace or friend·

Contact your local press and radio stations with your fundraising·

Contact local businesses for their support by asking them to sponsor you·

We can send you a Charity Collection Penny Box which you can place at home or work if you’re back in the office, and even at the till of your local take away (with permission!). Order yours now at hhugs.org.uk/pennybox.

Even if a lot of events have ceased, you can still contact your ISOC, School, Scouts groups and others to get involved to support your fundraising.

Remember, HHUGS are here to help so you can kick start your fundraising!

What if I'm not social medias savvy?

Not being active on social media doesn’t mean you can’t take part. Those traditional methods of direct fundraising served us well for many years and still work wonders. We will set you up with everything you need from the get go and even provide a penny box upon request (just call 0207 733 2104 or email [email protected]). Download our Fundraising Toolkit for a complete A-Z of fundraising idea and simple steps that will help you achieve fundraising success.

How do I send you money from my fundraising page?

You don’t have to do anything. We receive the funds automatically through our leaderboard. Thank you!

Can I fundraise offline?

Of course, you can. If people have given you your sponsor money in cash, or made a bank transfer to you, and you want us to add this to your page, simply pay it in yourself. Alternatively, you can simply click “Add cash donation” and we’ll be in touch to verify your offline donation before it is added to your page. You can send a cheque (with the reference Hardcastle Crags + Your name) with your completed sponsorship form to:
4th floor
43 Berkeley Square,

What is gift aid and does it really matter?

Make every £1 worth 25p more at no extra cost to you. It’s just a little box to tick but Gift Aid makes a huge difference when it comes to how much money we can raise to support families in the need right here in the UK.

To be eligible to add Gift Aid to your donation, you must be a UK taxpayer and understand that if you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax then the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all donations made in that tax year it’s your responsibility to pay any difference. The government will give a further 25% of your donation to the charity, and it doesn’t cost you or your sponsors a thing.

How will the money I raise be utilised?

Every step you take can ease the burdens of single mothers, children growing up without their fathers, and elderly parents struggling without their sons, many of whom are forced to choose between heating and eating.

HHUGS supports single mothers impacted by counter-terror measures and detention. With their husbands in prison, these women face social isolation and financial hardships, as they struggle desperately to provide for their children.

With absolute poverty the highest it’s been in 30-years, and half the Muslim UK population living in poverty, an estimated 9.3m in the UK are experiencing food insecurity. Rising prices will hit the poorest households hardest. HHUGS families, who were already in financial difficulty, now face even greater pressure.

Your fundraising can transform lives

Your steps this summer could provide:

For £100 you can Gift 5 children the Joy of Eid

For £100 you can Unite 2 families with their fathers, by facilitating a prison visit

For £165 you can Gift a uniform. Prepare her children to stand tall at the start of term.

For £200 you can Heal a Heart and relieve a family’s trauma with professional therapy for a month

For £250 you can Feed the Hungry: restore their dignity with a month of food vouchers.

For £500 you can Shelter the Homeless by covering rent and essential utilities

For £750 you can Nurture a Neglected Child by supporting their physical and emotional well-being.

For £1000 you can Empower a Mother in Need by helping her gain independence through education, driving lessons and vocational training

For £2000 you can Alleviate the Burdened by relieving a single mother of debts she cannot pay

You can change lives for some of the most ostracised families in our midst.

What if I can't reach my target?

At HHUGS we’ve seen many challengers, supporters and volunteers achieve great feats despite their initial self-doubt. That’s why we’re confident that with a bit of effort, with the help of Allah (swt) and thereafter our support, you will surpass your own expectations.
However, if you try your best but can’t reach your target (and we doubt this will be the case) then all is far from lost. You still walk away with the rewards of your intentions, your efforts and whatever amount you do manage to raise.

“Whoever intends to perform a good deed but does not do it, Allah will record it as a complete good deed.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

So aim high with pure intentions, say ‘Bismillah’ and tie your camel by giving it your best effort, then leave the rest to Allah (swt). You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain, in sha’ Allah!

What should I do if I forget my username or password?

Click here https://www.hhugs.org.uk/my-account/lost-password/ if you’ve forgotten your password on our sign up page. Follow the instructions on the email you receive to reset your password.

Still having trouble? Please contact us at [email protected] for help logging into your account.

What if I no longer want to take part?

Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling us on 0207 733 2104 if you can no longer take part. We regret that we will not be able to refund anyone who has already donated to support you.


August 3
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Free – £15.00


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Bradford Transport (Adult & Child)
This includes transport from Islam Bradford to Hardcastle Crags, and is inclusive of the standard registration fee, covering food and guides.
£ 15.00
Adult (12 yrs+) - Make Your Own Way
£ 10.00
Child (3-12 yrs) - Make Your Own Way*
£ 5.00
Child (0-2yrs) - Make Your Own Way
£ 0.00