Bronte Country

Jonathan’s View

“A literary landscape of industry, moors and deep valleys

The Area

Bronte Country covers the area of moors north of Hebden Bridge and south of Keighley stretching east to west from Burnley towards Bradford. It is an area of vast moors riven with deep valleys. In the valleys are tucked away villages and small towns with an obvious industrial past. Mills abound and history is spread out before you.

The walking is generally through wild moors and big open skies. There is little to distract the eye except birds and the distance views of the prevailing weather.


Oakworth Station
Oakworth Station

The centre of Bronte Country is the village of Haworth. Set on the side of one of the steep valleys the cobbled streets and traditional shops reflect a bygone era. Haworth was the home of the Bronte Sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne, our world renowned authors. Wuthering Heights, Emma, Jane Eyre and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall are their most famous offering and a whole industry has grown up around them. The Bronte Parsonage is where the sisters lived and open to the public The church where their father worked and graveyard are next to the house and many of the walks they took are nearby.

However Haworth is also famous as the site of the Worth Valley steam railway and the setting for the film the Railway Children. The old fashioned stations and steam combine with the old fashioned village to make for a popular trip.

Hebden Bridge

To come


Click on the links below for further details of my favourite walks in the area.

Railway Children Walk. A popular walk visiting many of the sights of the Railway Children film.

Discover Wuthering Heights. A classic landscape of wind swept moors and desolate ruins

Keighley Moor . A pretty reservoir tucked in to the moors with just birdsong around

Ovenden Moor & Oxenhope. A long walk with outstanding views across high moorlands

Moors & Reservoirs at Heptonstall. An remote walk taking in a section of the Pennine Way

Other Things to do

Bronte Parsonage Museum. The lifelong home of the Bronte sisters has exhibitions and memorabilia from the time.

More information on Bronte Country

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  • Chris and Karen says:

    My name is Chris NELSON. I am a 72 year old Australian Army Veteran, also a Queensland Police Veteran. I was born in Grimsby in 1952 but was taken to Australia as an immigrant in 1962 as a 10 year old. I miss England and want to immerse myself in the countryside and history before I get much older. I am soon to have a back operation for an old Army injury and hope to be able to walk myself back to normal weight and fitness again. My Wife Karen of 51 years will be with me, she is very fit, slim and 67 years of age. Can you tell me if there is such as tour that we can walk about five miles and stop at a pub or village boarding house overnight or something like that.

    Cheers Chris and Karen NELSON

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