Haworth has been on my English bucket list for so long. I’ve mentioned in countless posts about what a literature nerd I am, so it’s been one of the things I’ve most looked forward to since we moved to Yorkshire. The area is so steeped in literary lore and since it was the home to the Bronte family, countless other female writers made the pilgrimage to Haworth to pay their respects to the wild creativity that those three ladies possessed.
Apparently Haworth when the Brontes lived there was a crowded industrial town with death rates as appallingly high as places like London during the same time period. But today the village is un-nervingly picturesque, bordering on dangerously twee. I clearly loved it. And for anyone nostalgic for the Jenny Agutter “Railway Children” film adaptation, it was filmed in Haworth. I detailed a few weeks ago, some of the big walks that you can do based out of Haworth.
If you’re not keen on the Brontes, there’s still a lot of history in the area to explore (not to mention gorgeous walks across the Pennine moors) and next time I’d like to take the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage steam train. (No modern trains come into Haworth.) The weekend that Sam and I visited Haworth, there was a steampunk picnic festival and there were some incredible costumes on show. I didn’t manage to take a picture of my favourite costume, but maybe with a little arm twisting I’ll have an equally phenomenal costume for it next year?
If you aren’t driving to Haworth or taking the vintage train, the easiest way to get there is to take a train to Hebden Bridge and then hop on the bus that heads through Oxenhope, Haworth and Stanbury. The bus journey takes around 40 minutes.
The Bronte Parsonage Museum (the sisters’ home) is located at Church Street, Haworth, BD22 8DR and tickets cost £8.50.
Have you explored Bronte country at all?