Railway Children Walk

  • Explore the set of the Railway Children
  • Cobbled streets of Haworth
  • Views over the Worth Valley

I did enjoy the Railway Children as a child so it was with some interest that I headed out from Haworth to discover some of the locations and the inspiration for the film. The film may have been made nearly 50 years ago but the old fashioned, industrial flavour of the area means it is not difficult to transport yourself right back. The deep valley that Haworth is set in only adds to an authentic experience and it is rare that somewhere captures a film as well as this.

The walk itself is divided in to 2 parts. I headed off east towards Oakworth to start with. Oakworth station is the location for many of the film’ s most iconic scenes as is Mytholmes Tunnel, unfortunately I missed the steam train by seconds at the tunnel which was a little irritating but the area has become a little over grown.

The second part of the walk takes you in to more open countryside, particularly when the route leaves the stream and railway. Climbing steeply past Bent’s House (the home for the children, ‘Three Chimneys’) suddenly the views down the Worth Valley open up and you can sense the joy he children must have felt when exploring the area. Even the cows were over friendly. The walk ends by dropping in to Haworth past the Parsonage Museum (the home of the Bronte Sisters) to complete a genuinely literary walk. Must have done me good!

Recommend: Pick up a leaflet from the station/Tourist Information or newsagent with the walk on that has details of each site that was used in the film

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Railway Children map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL21 South Pennines
Start Point: SE 031373. From the car park walk to the cobbled centre of Haworth, turn down hill and join the walk on Butt Lane heading east.
Height to Climb: 234ms (735ft)
Eating & Drinking: There are many cafes and pubs in the centre of Haworth tailored for the visitor.
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