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Walk from Haworth to Bronte Waterfall

The walk is approximately 2¾ miles long, most of the walk is on reasonable footpaths, as you get near to the Bronte waterfall, it can be muddy in parts and there are some uneven steps. Advisable to wear sensible walking shoes.

Tourist Information Centre, top of Haworth Main StFrom Tourist Centre head down Main St towards Church

Take a 360º view Haworth Main St by the Tourist Information Centre here...

Ordnance map here... (external link opens in a new window)

Church stepsBy the church steps, look out for the stocks. In the past the offender was put in them for a period of time as punishment.Haworth stocks, Click here for bigger picture
The old Post Office in the Brontës times. Click here for bigger pictureThe gift shop by the stocks was the post office from where the Brontes sent their manuscripts.

There is some confusion over which property on the Main St is the actual Post Office during the Brontes In the Trade Directory it states that between 1830-1857 William Hartley was Postmaster at Haworth, a  map of Haworth 1853 clearly shows the property in the photograph as the Post Office. 

In 1861 Edwin Feather became Postmaster, the post Office  located to another property, the Brontes were all dead by this time.

To confuse matters a book by Claude Meeker "Haworth home of the Brontes" (1895) claims a Samuel Feather as being the Postmaster. There is no known record of him as a Postmaster or living in Haworth. It has to be noted that at the time this book was published there was considerable interest in the Brontes and all sorts of claims were made.

Information about the Brontes here...

On the left of the path there is a font from the old church. It is inscribed William Grimshaw, A.B Minister AD 1742.

In 1742 he moved to Haworth where it is said Christianity was in decline. Very soon, due to Grimshaw's passionate style of preaching it is claimed that over a thousand people came to hear him.

William Grimshaw being a close friend of John Wesley contributed to the establishment of the Methodist system, helping to build a Methodist Chapel in Haworth in 1748. Grimshaw died of fever, aged 55 in 1763 and is buried at St Mary's Church, Luddenden.

Information about Haworth Church & graveyard here...

Past the iron Kissing-gate, one of the paving slabs has a face carved in it. This was carved by Eric Sawley who was born in the 1920's. He lived at Rock St Keighley and this stone was carved there by him when he was about ten. The council demolished Rock St and the paving stones were brought to Haworth. 

Mr Sawley paid a visit to Haworth and found the Tom Mix stone on his way to the car park.  

Tom Mix (1880-1940) was an actor mostly in silent movies. His career spanned from 1909-1935. He was in 336 films mostly westerns, where he would do his own stunts. He is one of  the figures on the front cover of the Beatles Sgt Peppers album.

Follow the sign "Bronte falls 2 1/2 mls" until you come to a main rd.

Cross main rd, sign Penistone Hill

Ordnance map here... (external link opens in a new window)

Penistone Hill used to be a quarry, evidence of which is scattered around.

The area is now a Country Park.



A complete 360º tour at Penistone Hill Country Park Haworth, at the triangulation point here...

Sign directs you right, follow footpath until you come to a Main rd.

Main rd junction, cross over, continue down the road, take the path left.

You can see Lower Laithe Reservoir started in 1914, work was delayed due to the Great War. It was officially finished on Tuesday 27th January 1925 when the Major of Keighley (Robert Calverley) closed the valves. It holds 281 million gallons of water. Click on panorama for detail.

Continue along the track crossing a cattle grid.

The next part of the walk is on open moorland and is an area of Special Scientific Interest, it is renowned for birds that breed here. These include Curlew, Golden Plover Peregrine and Merlin. Mid-March to mid-July is the crucial time for these birds as they court, make nests in the heather and grass, lay eggs and raise chicks. It is essential to their survival that you respect their habitat. 

You can help by: Keeping dogs under control, not to start fires, move away if you see an agitated bird, take your litter home.

Far Intake, 1 mile to go. There are many ruined dwellings in the area, giving a sense of how the place was once worked. Pockets of coal and quarries were a source income as well as sheep farming. A complete 360º tour here...

To the right of picture is Stanbury in the distance. Click on panorama for detail.

Continue along the path. The walk is downhill from here.

Careful climbing down the uneven stone steps.

The Bronte waterfall is ahead

More photo's and information on the Bronte waterfall here...

Walk from Tourist Information Centre to Haworth Steam Preserved Railway Station

Railway Children Walk part 1

Railway Children Walk part 2

Haworth to Bronte Waterfall

Walk from Bronte Waterfall to Top Withens

Ponden Reservoir, Ponden Kirk, Ponden Clough

Walk to Wycoller from the Country Park car park

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The Great Northern Railway Trail
Walk/Cycle from Haworth to Hebden Bridge

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