Haworth Walks

Haworth and the Moors

Discover Haworth and the heritage of the Brontes. Guided tours around Haworth can be booked for your group or yourself. All walks are guided by Bronte Tour Guide, Helen Broadhead.

The Bronte family moved to Haworth from Thornton, the birthplace of Charlotte, Patrick Branwell, Emily and Anne, on 20 April 1820, the day before Charlotte’s 5th birthday. Sadly their mother, Maria Bronte, died just over a year after they arrived and her sister, Elizabeth, ‘Aunt Branwell’, came from Cornwall to West Yorkshire to look after them. Her early death had a profound influence on them and was probably one of the reasons why, as children, they mixed so little with other village children and turned inwards, creating their own fantasy worlds of Angria and Gondal. From these early writings Charlotte, Emily and Anne went on to write the novels that made them famous. It is remarkable how nearly all of the main female characters are orphans, or become so, during the course of the novel.

Charlotte Bronte described Haworth as “a strange, uncivilised little place” in a letter to her publisher in 1849. In fact, it was a busy little mill town with all of the problems that rapid industrialisation and inadequate planning brought… Most of the mills have gone but the cottages of the handcombers and handloom weavers still remain. The buildings on the Main Street of Haworth look much the same as they did in the Brontes’ day.

And the moors remain, of course… “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath”, said Catherine Earnshaw in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Hear those immortal words as you tread in the Brontes’ footsteps on the moors around Haworth…

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 see  http://www.haworth-village.co.uk

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A Taste of the Moors:

Signpost Bronte Moors

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Walk Highlights

  • Bronte Parsonage Museum
  • Bronte Moors
  • Penistone Hill

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image courtesy Tim Green

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Top Withens: Inspiration for Wuthering Heights?:

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Walk Highlights

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

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 image courtesy of Simon Warner : 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 who were known to the Brontes. 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

Image courtesy Tim Green

Dates for this walk

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