Immerse yourself in literary history in beautiful Bronte country
Haworth, makes it�s living from Bronte-related tourism and it�s a pleasant place to explore with its quaint gift-shops, but for dramatic Heathcliff-inspired walks, there is an easy to follow route to the heather-filled moors.
The footpath from the town passes the Bronte Parsonage Museum as well as a churchyard, which the Bronte sisters would have known well, before heading out to Penistone Hill and the open countryside.
It�s an easy stroll to the little bridge over South Dean Beck (the �Bronte Bridge�) and as you head up the hill you�ll see a sign telling you that you�re on the Bronte Way.
Head away from the popular tourist paths to the quiet valley of Ponden Clough and there you�ll see a large, almost perpendicular rock that carries the peculiar ecclesiastical name of Ponden Kirk. Some claim that if Ponden Kirk has any religious connection, it�s a religion which pre-dates Christianity: certainly local legend gave the rock magical properties. It used to be said that if girls crawled through the large cleft at the foot of the rock they�d find themselves safely married before the year was out!
A few steps back from the Kirk, find the faint path which runs up the Middle Moor Clough and make your way through the tussocks to the Alcomden Stones. Where you can enjoy a view that was previously shut away from the public before the Countryside and Rights of Way Act last year. From here there are fantastic Bronte-esque views, northwards across Crow Hill and westwards to the summit of Boulsworth Hill.
Pass the trig point above Stanbury Moor and drop down to the ruins of Top Withens, reputedly the site of Emily Bronte�s Wuthering Heights. Here the Pennine Way comes by on its way up to Kirk Yetholm. Make your way through the heather and you�ll see fine views, across to the Yorkshire Dales which will gladden your heart.
It�s easy to follow the track back down the hill to the Bronte Bridge and Haworth but make sure you add in a short detour at the Bronte Bridge and you�ll reach the pretty Bronte Falls.
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