Short Walks in Brontë’s Countryside

Explore the countryside of the Brontës through one of our three chosen walks. 

 

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Easy – Thornton village (0.5 miles) 

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Explore the ruins of Patrick Brontë’s Old Bell Chapel on Thornton Road, cross the road to
St James’ Church to see the font in which his children were christened, then stroll along
Main Street to the birthplace of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne which, conveniently,
is now an Italian café (www.delucaboutique.co.uk/emilys.html)

Moderate – Haworth village and Penistone Hill Country Park (2.8 miles)

Take the Worth Valley steam train from Keighley, walk up cobbled Main Street, taking in Haworth church, the Old Sunday School and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, then climb up to Penistone Hill Country Park for panoramic views. Continue on to Oxenhope via Marsh to take the train back to Keighley. 

Challenge – ‘Wuthering Heights’ walk (7.5 miles – not recommended in bad weather)

Park by Ponden Reservoir. Take the steep path past Ponden Hall to the rocky outcrop of Ponden Kirk for 360-degree views across the moors, then the footpath to Top Withens, and another to Brontë Waterfalls. Cross the bridge, go up the steps and head towards Haworth. Turn left onto Reservoir Road after Intake Farm, left again after reservoir through Stanbury to Ponden

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