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Top Withins Ruins

Top Withens Walk & the Stanbury Alternative

The hike from Haworth up to Top Withens is one of the highlights for Bronte fans visiting the area. The ruined Top Withens farmhouse is thought to have been Emily Bronte's inspiration for the Earnshaw farmhouse in 'Wuthering Heights'. The walk is well signposted from Haworth's Bronte Parsonage Museum. Details and leaflets are available from Haworth Tourist Information Centre on Main Street in the village.

There are two ways to the 'stone house, both tiresome', said Sylvia Plath in her Journals. Not many visitors made it up to Top Withens in the 1950s, but today many do take the long, scenic track up from the Parsonage, past Bronte Falls and onwards. Nowadays it's all well signposted in several languages and the paths are well marked.The walk is that bit longer if taken from Haworth centre, past the Bronte Parsonage (around 6 miles return).

Alternatively you can begin at Stanbury, just before Haworth (take the path up from the bus stop). In Stanbury you'll find a couple of great pubs to 'fuel up' with food and ale before or after the walk. Whether you're a Bronte fan or not, the walk up to Top Withens, on a clear day particularly, offers spectacular views of Haworth and surrounding moorland. The Top Withens Ruins are about 1,400 feet above sea level. It's a walk that appeals all year round, but is perhaps best in Winter away from the crowds.

The Pennine Way & The Bronte Way

The Top Withens ruins actually sit on the Pennine Way National Trail, and the stunning moorlands of Haworth and Keighley Moors are popular with walkers. The 43 mile (69km) Bronte Way is the definitive trail for Bronte fans. The trail takes in many key sites related to the Brontes including Thornton/Pondon Hall inspiration for Thrushcross Grange in Wuthering Heights, Haworth village and the Bronte Parsonage and the Kay-Shuttleworth's home Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham near Burnley to which Charlotte Bronte made frequent visits.

Accommodation in Haworth

  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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  • Haworth   (0.1 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    This is a first-class, stone-built, traditional end-terraced cottage, in a courtyard of private properties in the very heart of Haworth and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
     
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  • Haworth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    Haworth holiday park with camping pods. On-site facilities include play areas, a bar, a shop, communal WiFi and a games room. Laundry facilities and toilets on site. Sleeps 5.
     
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  • Stanbury   (1.7 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    Best food pub in britain 2010, 3 Star B&B Accommodation Finest home made food in a traditional Countryside inn, local cask ales CAMRA winner just outside Haworth - special offers
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  • Haworth   (0.1 miles from the centre of Haworth)
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    Established in 1987, we are a friendly family owned guest house. Situated at the top of the famous cobbled Haworth Main Street opposite the Bronte church. We are two minutes w...
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    Award-winning B&B providing luxury accommodation in Cullingworth, near Haworth. WiFi and parking. En-suite rooms with satellite TV. Business guests welcome.
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