Bronte Country: Haworth Moor and Top Withins

Bronte Country: Haworth Moor and Top Withins

Bronte Country: Haworth Moor and Top Withins

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Bronte Country: Haworth Moor and Top Withins

Distance: 8 miles
Duration:  4 hours
Level of walk: Medium  View Walks Key

Weather Forecast

Bronte Cuntry Weather
light intensity shower rain
humidity: 81%
wind: 10m/s WSW
H 7 • L 7
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Why you should do this walk…

A 7.5 mile circular walk around the moorland to the west of Haworth in West Yorkshire. The Bronte Sisters wrote most of their novels whilst living at Haworth Parsonage, when their father was parson at the local church. The route takes in sections of the Bronte Way and Pennine Way, visiting the sisters’ moorland haunts including Bronte Bridge and Waterfall (where the sisters were said to take turns sitting and writing their first novels) and Top Withins (the ruined farmhouse reputedly the setting for the farmstead Wuthering Heights). Aside from the literary connections, you will be able to enjoy long stretches of high moorland which blooms into a bright purple in mid to late summer and is criss-crossed by pretty streams.

Dog friendly?…

The route has several long and steady climbs and descents, plus one short steeper climb. The paths are a mixture of stone and flagstone moorland paths plus some unmade sections that can get muddy at times. Many sections are rocky and uneven so sturdy boots are recommended and the area is quite exposed so ensure you have warm clothing with you. You will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates plus one squeeze stile and some stepping stones across a stream. You will be sharing the moorland paths with sheep for the majority of the route and with Highland Cattle (which seemed very relaxed when we passed through) for a short stretch, so take care with dogs. There are no toilet facilities or refreshments available on route, but there are plenty of places for a picnic.

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How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Bronte Country: Haworth Moor and Top Withins walk please visit iFootpath 

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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