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Emily Brontë Walk

W Yorkshire

24 km / 15 miles
A strenuous and remote walk across the moors high above Oxenhope and Haworth, traversing the landscape that inspired Wuthering Heights, but avoiding many of the usual over-trodden paths. It takes in Top Withens and Ponden Hall, often cited as the model for Thrushcross Grange.

Although only 15 miles, wet and open moorland feature in this strenuous walk and navigational skills are essential. The isolated terrain is appropriate, with Emily the most reclusive of these literary sisters who enjoyed the solitude of the moors, but died young of consumption as did her siblings.

It is the longest of four walks devised by Michael Stewart around a series of stones carved with new poems about the Brontës. The Charlotte Brontë Walk is a short loop through the countryside around Thornton. The Anne Brontë Walk heads north from Haworth through Oakworth and Laycock, finding quiet paths and corners along Newsholme Dean and the Worth Valley. The Brontë Stones Walk is a linear route between Thornton and Haworth that provides a more pleasant alternative to the Brontë Way.

These walks have been available as a series of leaflets in Haworth and elsewhere. For the Emily Brontë Walk, there is a 2-page, A4 illustrated map guide with route description, by novelist Michael Stewart published by the Brontë Society listed below.

Stewart was inspired with the idea of engraved stones when walking the linking Stanza Stones Trail that links stones with poems by Simon Armitage. The Brontë Stones feature four new original pieces of writing, by leading contemporary women writers, engraved onto stones in locations between the birthplace and the Parsonage along a trail of about eight miles. Three of the works – by Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy and Jackie Kay – each respond to one of the sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne, while the fourth by Jeanette Winterson is a response to the whole Brontë legacy. These authors at least no longer need to publish under male pseudonyms, as was common in the Bronte's time - Emily's was 'Ellis Bell', preserving her initials. These walks were associated with Brontë 200 - a five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of four of the Brontës: Charlotte's in 2016, Branwell's in 2017, Emily's in 2018 and Anne's in 2020.

New walks with Brontë links are also useful as the former Brontë Way and Brontë Round walks are no longer fully promoted.


Details:

Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Challenging
Moorland
Heritage
Literary
Start and Finish: SE032353 - Oxenhope Station Car Park, W Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2019
Web Sites: Emily Bronte Walk

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet Emily Bronte Walk  (Bronte Society )

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Route Profile:

24.2 km (15.0 miles)
596 m (1,955 ft) ascent
451 m (1,480 ft)  maximum height

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