Penistone Hill (and beyond)

  • Short walk to an iconic hill
  • In the footsteps of the Bronte sisters
  • Extend the walk on to the moors

Penistone Hill involves a short sharp walk from the village of Haworth. Haworth is, of course, famous for being the home of the Bronte sisters. They used to walk over Penistone Hill on their regular walks to the Bronte Bridge and beyond, seeking inspiration from the wild moors. The distinctive moonscape appearance of Penistone Hill is the result of sandstone quarrying, very big in the 19th century and only ceasing in the 1960s. The result is a myriad of moors and craters filled with small tarns that are criss crossed by a number of paths. It is a popular place.

However to fully enjoy the walk I continued west on to the moors, adding another 4 miles of easy moorland walking. The contrast to Penistone Hill could not be greater. From August in to September the heather is an attractive and vibrant purple colour, a great time to take the walk.

Haworth the village is also worth exploring. The Bronte Parsonage offers an interesting tour, the church is suitably imposing and the cobbled streets hide a selection of interesting and quirky shops.


On the moors stick to the paths. If not to protect the moorland birds to make the walking so much easier.

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Penistone Hill map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL 21 South Pennines
Start Point: SE 030372. There is a number of car parks around Haworth but start the walk beside the church in the centre.
Height to Climb: 150 m (492 feet)
Terrain: The paths are excellent throughout and aside from entering and descending in to Haworth not steep.
Eating & Drinking: Haworth has some excellent cafes and a number of pubs.
Similar Walks Nearby: Discovering Wuthering Heights
The Railway Children
Ovenden Moor from Oxenhope
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