Staying in Haworth and West Yorshire Bronte countryView Bronte country self-catering cottages
Probably the most famous, and popular, tourist destination in this part of Yorkshire is Haworth, the home of the Bronte sisters. This is a handsome village of cobbled streets, flanked by 18th and 19th century stone houses, and behind the church, the Parsonage, where some of the world's most influential and popular novels were written. The house is now a museum to the family, and is meticulously furnished and decorated exactly as it would have been when they live there. The Brontes were a remarkably unlucky family, for within five years of arriving in Haworth the mother and two eldest daughters were dead, and the year after they set the London literary world alight, in 1848 Branwell, Emily, and Anne all died from tuberculosis. Is it any wonder that after Charlottes' death, in childbirth eight years later, that their father went slowly insane. The family provides the majority of the living in the town and there are lots of idyllic holiday cottages in Haworth. There are some lovely walks on the moors, some inspired by the books (Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Villette); alternatively you can join the Pennine Way and head south to Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge has reinvented itself from a textile centre to a more eclectic arty community. Apart from the families who have lived here for decades Hebden Bridge is now home to university academics, life-long hippies, and a large gay section, and as such has a inordinate number of book-shops, arts and crafts galleries, organic cafes, and the like. In the visitor centre you will find a comprehensive selection of maps and leaflets, most notably on Hardcastle Crags, two secluded, wooded valleys, with several waterfalls, streams, and plenty of walking trails for all levels of experience.