Haworth Circular Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth, BD22 9RH

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth, BD22 9RH

Key Highlights:

  • Brontë Waterfall: A picturesque spot that inspired the Brontë sisters, featuring a quaint bridge and cascading water.
  • Top Withens: Ruins believed to have inspired the Earnshaw family house in Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights."
  • Lower Laithe Reservoir: A serene body of water providing beautiful views and a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Penistone Hill Country Park: An open space with rugged terrain, offering excellent views of the surrounding moors.

End Point: Penistone Hill Country Park, Haworth

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers)

Difficulty: Moderate – involves some hill climbs and uneven terrain.

Terrain: A mix of well-trodden paths, rocky sections, and moorland. Some parts can be muddy, especially after rain.


  • By Car: Parking available at Penistone Hill Country Park.
  • Public Transport: Buses run to Haworth, and the B3 Brontë bus provides access from Hebden Bridge and Keighley.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy walking boots are recommended due to uneven and potentially muddy terrain.

Supplies: Bring water, snacks, and possibly a packed lunch. There are no facilities on the moor, but Haworth offers cafes and restaurants.

Navigation: The route is well-signposted, but a map (OS Explorer OL21) or GPS device can be helpful. GPX files of the route are available for detailed navigation.

The Haworth Circular Walk offers an immersive experience into the landscapes that inspired the Brontë sisters. Starting from Penistone Hill Country Park, the trail takes you through the rugged beauty of the moors, past the iconic Brontë Waterfall, and up to the historic ruins of Top Withens. This moderate 5-mile walk provides a mix of cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it a must-do for literature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the stunning views and the rich history of this beloved Yorkshire region.

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