DOWNLOAD: The Walking Guide for Bronte Country - West Yorkshire (PDF 1.12MB)

The download includes full day by day walking instructions with accompanying history guide

Full Bronte country map

Introduction

We're walking through West Yorkshire moorland - the backdrop to both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Venturing out on a four day hike, we'll discover how these moors inspired England’s greatest literary family and two of the finest novels ever written.

The Brontes' books have been translated into almost every language on earth and turned into over a hundred films, plays and dramas. Yet the lives of the three tragic but brilliant sisters and their wayward brother, Branwell, read like one of their books.

This landscape gives us a sense of what inspired the Bronte sisters. It offers insight into their lives and those of the lesser known, but no less remarkable, Branwell, and father Patrick, Bronte.


Day 1

Haworth Village
From their birthplace, Thornton, on the outskirts of Bradford, we head for the countryside where so many of their stories were set. We end our first day at the family home in Haworth.
  • Thornton to Haworth via Black Moor

Distance: 7 miles


Day 2

Bronte Bridge
We're back onto the moors to discover how their storytelling evolved from innocent childhood fantasies. Over Penistone Hill and onto Haworth Moor, where the Bronte children let their imaginations run wild, we then follow the Bronte Way to Wycoller Hall. This ruin in Lancashire is supposedly the inspiration for Jane Eyre’s final chapter.
  • Haworth to Wycoller, via the Bronte Waterfall, Ponden Hall and Wycoller Hall ruin

Distance: 7.5 miles


Day 3

Wycoller Hall Ruin
We're crossing moors and taking the Pennine Way to Top Withens - setting for the most passionate and controversial Bronte novel of all. Soaking up the eerie atmosphere at the nearby Alcomden Stones, we then drop down into Hardcastle Crags. Here we’ll find out what the talented Branwell Bronte was up to, before ending the day in gentrified Hebden Bridge.
  • Wycoller to Hebden Bridge via: Top Withens, Alcomden Stones and Gibson Mill

Distance: 15 miles


Day 4

Branwell Bronte
The final leg of our journey takes us to the pretty village of Luddenden to finish the tale of Branwell Bronte before we head north across our final stretch of moorland. A short train ride from Oxenhope brings us full circle back to the Brontes’ home in Haworth.
  • Hebden Bridge to Haworth via: Luddenden, Thornton Moor Reservoir and Oxenhope

Distance: 12.5 miles


Please use OS Explorer Maps 288 and OL21 (1:25k) or OS Landranger Maps 103 and 104 (1:50k). All distances approx.

DOWNLOAD: The Walking Guide for Bronte Country - West Yorkshire (PDF 1.12MB)

The download includes full day by day walking instructions with accompanying history guide