Bronte Heritage Walks

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Bronte Country covers a wide area! The Bronte sisters were actually born in Thornton in Bradford and later visited, taught or stayed in Keighley, Kirklees and Calderdale! Walks can be booked for your group or yourself around all these areas led by Bronte Tour Guide, Helen Broadhead.
Please see the Essential Information page for more general information about the walks and booking terms and conditions.

 

Top Withens: Inspiration for Wuthering Heights?:

Bronte Walks Top Withens

Top Withens

 

Walk Highlights

  • Bronte Parsonage Museum
  • Bronte Moors
  • Bronte Waterfall
  • Top Withens

Related Novel:

  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

Read more about the Top Withens walk.

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 image courtesy of Simon Warner : http://www.whitestonearts.co.uk 

 

Ponden Hall : model for ‘Thrushcross Grange’?

Ponden Hall 1920s

 Walk Highlights:

  •  Bronte Parsonage Museum
  •  Bronte Moors
  •  Tour of Ponden Hall
  •  Ponden reservoir

 Related Novel: Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

A walk across the moors, following part of the Bronte Way to Ponden Hall, seventeenth century home of the Heaton family, a family with an intriguing family history… Was this the model for ‘Thrushcross Grange – or ‘Wuthering Heights’?

Includes guided tour of the Hall, subject to agreement with the owner.

For a virtual tour see:   www.pondenhall.moonfruit.net/

Distance: 3.5 miles, using local bus to return to Haworth. Hard.

This walk can be combined with the Top Withens walk

 

Dates for this walk

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A Taste of the Moors:

Signpost Bronte Moors

Which way next?

 

Walk Highlights

  • Bronte Parsonage Museum
  • Bronte Moors
  • Penistone Hill

Related Novel:

  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

Read more about the Taste of the Moors walk.

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Image courtesy Tim Green

For more info on Bronte country see  http://www.bronte-country.com

 

Haworth village:

Haworth Village Walk - The Black Bull Pub

Discover Haworth

 

Walk Highlights:

  • Bronte Parsonage and Sunday School
  • Black Bull pub and Apothecary
  • 19th century weavers’ cottages
  • Elizabethan Old Hall

A walk to discover the Haworth of the Brontes’ time – not quite how it is now, though many of the original buildings remain! Distance: < 1 mile. Easy.

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Image courtesy Tim Green

For more info on Haworth village and events see  http://www.haworth-village.co.uk

For more info on accommodation see:  http://www.holidaycottages.net/northern-england/yorkshire.htm 

 

Bronte Waterfall and Bridge:

Bronte Bridge on Bronte waterfall walk

Bronte Bridge on the Bronte waterfall walk

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Walk Highlights:

  • Bronte Bridge and stone chair
  • Bronte Waterfall
  • Heather moorland

3 hours approx along a rough, but well-used, moorland track.

Read More about the Bronte Waterfall and Bridge walk.

 

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Image courtesy Tim Green

Thornton – Birthplace of the Brontes:

Birthplace of the Brontes plaque

No caption required! ;-)

Walk Highlights:

  • Old Bell Chapel
  • Cloggers’ Row
  • Bronte Birthplace
  • Kipping House

 

A walk from the Old Bell Chapel in Thornton near Bradford, through the old part of the village to see the ‘Bronte Birthplace’ and Kipping House, the home of the Brontes good friends, the Firths. Find out daughter Elizabeth’s reaction when Patrick proposed to her after his wife died!

Distance: 1.5 miles. Easy

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Image courtesy Tim Green

For more info on the Bronte Birthplace see  http://www.brontebirthplace.org.uk

The Bronte Way to Moscow!

Moscow on the Bronte Way to Moscow

Moscow! – in Thornton

Walk Highlights:

  • Old Bell Chapel
  • Bronte Birthplace
  • Scenic walk around Doe Park Reservoir
  • Moscow – in Thornton!

A walk from the Old Bell Chapel, Thornton near Bradford, following in the footsteps of Patrick Bronte as he did his parish round, from Denholme to Moscow (in Thornton!). A beautiful scenic walk via Doe Park Reservoir.

Distance: 4.5 miles. Hard.

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Image courtesy Tim Green

 

Charlotte Bronte – Shirley Walks

The area around Oakwell Hall, a beautiful seventeenth manor house, and Red House, displayed as the 1830s home of  the Taylors, is now known as ‘Shirley Country’. Charlotte Bronte used to stay at Red House with her old school friend, Mary Taylor, and visited nearby Oakwell Hall with her friend, Ellen Nussey, who also lived in the area.

Mary Taylor, friend of Charlotte Bronte:

Red House Walk Bronte Country

Red House

Walk Highlights:

  • Red House
  • ‘Pork Pie Chapel’
  • ‘Sisters’ Houses’
  • Gomersal Moravian Church

Related Novel:

  • Shirley (Charlotte Bronte)

A walk from Red House, once the home of Charlotte’s lifelong friend, Mary Taylor, and model for ‘Briarmains’ in Shirley, seeing places Mary Taylor would have known including the ‘Pork Pie Chapel’! Return to the Red House for a guided tour of the house (optional), and a chance to see the exhibition, ‘The Secret’s Out’.

Red House is now a museum owned by Kirklees Council: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/venuedetails.asp?vID=7

Tea/coffee and biscuits available.

Distance: 3.5 miles. Moderate

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Image courtesy Dave Cropper

Oakwell Hall: from ‘Fieldhead’ to ‘Briarmains’:

Oakwell Hall - 'Fieldhead' in Charlotte Brontes novel Shirley

Oakwell Hall – ‘Fieldhead’ in Charlotte Brontes novel Shirley

Walk Highlights:

  • Oakwell Hall
  • Red House
  • Ellen Nussey’s Grave

Related Novel:

  • Shirley (Charlotte Bronte)

A walk from Oakwell Hall, the model for ‘Fieldhead’, Shirley’s home, to Red House, ‘Briarmains’, home of the radical Yorke family in Charlotte Bronte’s novel. Return to Oakwell Hall via St. Peter’s Church, (‘Briarfield Church’), to see Ellen Nussey’s grave.

Oakwell Hall is now a museum owned by Kirklees Council:  http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/leisure/museums/oakwell/historic-house.shtml

‘Period’ refreshments may be included in the tour; or twenty first century refreshments are available at the Oak Tree café!

Distance: 2 miles. Moderate

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Image courtesy Dave Cropper

Shirley and the Luddites:

Walk Highlights:

  • Site of Rawfolds Mill
  • Shears Inn
  • Clough House

Related Novel:

  • Shirley (Charlotte Bronte)

A walk from outside Spenborough Pool, Bradford Road, Liversedge to see places associated with the Luddite uprising of 1812 described in Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Shirley, including the Shears Inn, favoured drinking place of the Luddites. Return via Clough House, Hightown, the home of Patrick & Maria Bronte at that time.

Distance 2.5 miles. Moderate

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Keighley at the time of the Brontes:

Keighley at the time of the Brontes

Keighley at the time of the Brontes

 

Walk Highlights:

  • The Parish and Methodist Churches
  • The Devonshire Arms
  • The Mechanics’ Institute

A walk around the Brontes’ nearest town to discover the places they would have known – where they got their books from; where they went for tea; the churches and chapels…

Distance: 2 miles. Easy.

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Image Courtesy of Keighley Shared Church

 

Shibden Hall: The Wuthering Heights Connection.

High Sunderland Hall
High Sunderland Hall

 

Walk Highlights:

  • Shibden Hall
  • Emily’s inspiration for Heathcliff
  • Site of High Sunderland Hall

Related Novel:

  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

There are two walks from Shibden Park near Halifax:

1. Walk to Law Hill, to see the school building where Emily Bronte taught for a while. Hear about the other area that inspired Emily Bronte’s famous novel: the once impressive High Sunderland Hall and the story of Jack Sharp –  real-life model for Heathcliff?

2. Walk to the site of High Sunderland Hall, sadly demolished in the 1950s.  This was the home of the Sunderland family and featured the kind of ornate stone carving described in Wuthering Heights. An inscription outside the South door read,  ’Heaven is the last country: the best home’,  which is reminiscent of Catherine’s dream…

Both walks return to Shibden for a  visit to the Hall. Refreshments available in the onsite cafés.

Distance 3.5 miles. Hard.

Read More about the Wuthering Heights Connection walk.

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Image courtesy of Calderdale Museums

 


7 Responses to Bronte Heritage Walks

  1. Michael Yates

    Hello Helen!
    My name is Michael Yates. My play The Bronte Boy – dealing with the life of Branwell – was performed at the Bronte Society AGM this year. It had previously toured Yorkshire, winning Best Actor award at the Wakefield Drama Festival for Warwick St John, the man who played Branwell.
    The play is available as a paperback at the Bronte gift shop at Haworth for £6. It’s also available as a Kindle from Amazon and the link is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_14/278-7428970-7728935?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+bronte+boy&sprefix=The+Bronte+Boy%2Cstripbooks%2C257.
    Some of your walkers might be interested.
    Best wishes
    Michael

  2. chris sunderland

    want to find out more about the sunderland family

    • chris sunderland

      im a sunderland want to find out about the haworth sunderlands

  3. Helen Frances

    Hello I am interested in coming on a top witherns walk.I will be available from may bank hols wk end ( if you do them at wkends. ) otherwise I’m free during the week on some days before that if midweek. At present it will just be me booking but afriend may join me, and I wondered how uch the walk costs. Thanks Helen. From Helen !

    • Helen

      Thanks for your enquiry, Helen. I’ve sent you an email with more details.

      Hope to hear from you again,

      Helen

  4. David Fogden

    Hallo,

    I am looking to walk Bronte country next year , maybe May time from Thornton, Haworth, to Wycoller to Hebden Bridge, can you help

  5. maggie fleming

    hi helen thank you very much for the excellent walk you did for our U3A group. Everyone enjoyed tje afternoon and it was the biggest group we have had! It was very gpod to have a chance to chat to you! thank you also for taking charge – a great relief for Mary! hope to see you before top long. best wishes Maggie

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