Working with Hardcastle Crags

Accessibility. Our first meeting by Les Allan – member of the Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum

I was picked up by Community Transport for Calderdale and taken to Hardcastle Crags for our initial meeting with Chris Bryerley.

Challenges and Solutions for Visitors with Disabilities

My recent visit to Hardcastle Crags with the Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum highlighted some accessibility concerns. Let’s explore these issues and potential solutions to make this beautiful site inclusive for everyone.

Transportation Barriers: Limited Options and Narrow Roads

Reaching Hardcastle Crags itself presented the first hurdle. Limited public transport options, particularly outside peak season, and a narrow access road pose challenges for larger vehicles. We propose exploring solutions like using community transport minibuses, not just for disabled visitors but anyone facing transportation difficulties.

Sensory Overload at Gibson Mill: Seeking a Quieter Meeting Space

The initial meeting location at Gibson Mill proved disruptive due to noise from barking dogs, deliveries, and cafe patrons. This raises the importance of offering alternative meeting spaces with quieter environments, considering both sun exposure and shade preferences to ensure visitor comfort.

Accessibility Beyond the Main Path: Reaching the River for All

The river experience is central to enjoying Hardcastle Crags. We discussed ways to enhance accessibility along the riverside for visitors with mobility limitations, without significant financial outlays. These might include levelling uneven paths, smoothing out surfaces, and creating accessible connections from the main path to the riverside.

Working Together for a More Inclusive Hardcastle Crags

I’m optimistic that by collaborating with the National Trust, we can implement these improvements and make Hardcastle Crags a truly accessible destination for everyone.

By Les Allan