Discover Haworth and Brontë Country
Haworth’s fame is mainly thanks to the Brontë sisters and it would be strange not to mention them, but there are plenty of other reasons for you to visit this picturesque village surrounded by dramatic moorland.
Haworth is also getting a name for itself as a haven for independent businesses. From luxurious hand made chocolates, to art galleries and then an array of places to eat and drink. You can spend your time browsing up and down the cobbled Main Street, pop into the shops and you will find them friendly and welcoming and happy to just have a chat.
It may also surprise you to know that Haworth became the world’s first Fairtrade Village in 2002. Throughout Bronte Country they are passionate about Fairtrade with Keighley and Thornton also being awarded Fairtrade status. Haworth is now twinned with Machu Picchu and if you want to find out more about their passion you can pop in to Sonia’s Smile, a Fairtrade shop on Main Street, where the owner will happily tell you all about the initiative.
If you are fans of the Brontë sisters and want to learn more then a visit to the Brontë Parsonage is a must. The Parsonage was home to the Brontë family from 1820 and is now a beautifully preserved museum. After learning a bit about their life at the Parsonage you can then take a walk on to the unspoilt moorland and experience the inspirational spots where the sisters wrote. Discover the Brontë Bridge, the ruins of Top Withens (said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights), and the Brontë Falls. Your last place to visit is Ponden Kirk, a large block of gritstone which is said to have magical properties. Local legend says if a girl crawls through the large whole at the foot of the rock they will marry within the year!
Away from the village itself you have the rugged and breathtaking Pennine countryside. You can undertake the Brontë Way, a way marked trail linking the key locations associated with the Brontë family, or undertake some of the shorter walks starting out from Haworth. Take time to explore the quiet network of country roads or the paths across the brooding moorland.
If you prefer to travel on two wheels there are a number of off road routes or you can even sample a section of the 2014 Tour de France, when Haworth and Keighley was lucky enough to be part of Stage 2 of the Grand Depart 2014.
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