Haworth Circular Day Hiking Yorkshire England UK
The Haworth Circular Day Hiking Yorkshire was 7 miles via Top Withens and was part of a New Year Yorkshire Weekend Hiking Break.
This anti-clockwise hiking route was an easy to moderate hike as there were a couple of steep gradients to tackle.
However, the inclines were more than worth it for the stunning views of the open moor land.
At the time we did this hike, which was New Year’s Eve, there was the Annual Fell Running Event to Top Withens, so there were lots of Fell Runners going back and forth.
Haworth Day Hiking Yorkshire Video
This video slideshow shows the highlights of this Haworth Day Hiking Yorkshire trip.
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Haworth Day Hiking Yorkshire Route
To start with the Haworth Circular Day Hiking Yorkshire trip took us from Haworth through Penistone Hill Country Park. Next we went onto Haworth Moor, where Emily Bronte got her inspiration for Wuthering Heights. We visited the Bronte Waterfall before climbing to Top Withens, the supposed setting for Wuthering Heights, complete with its ruins.
Next, we retraced our steps downhill and then did an anti-clockwise semi-circular route following a gulley over the moor to a farmhouse. Lastly, we followed a straight track back to Penistone Hill Country Park.
Haworth Day Hiking Yorkshire Local Info
Howarth nestles just under the bleak West Yorkshire moors in the Worth Valley. It is positioned amid the Pennines, about 3 miles to the south west of Keighley and 10 miles to the west of Bradford. Its height above sea level is 796.1 feet as indicated at the Church on Main Street.
The first mention of Haworth as a community was in 1209. The origin of the name Haworth is believed to have stemmed from the term “hedged enclosure” or even “hawthorn enclosure”. On a map in 1771, the village name was recorded and misspelt as “Howorth”. However, maps at later dates use the original spelling.
Haworth is made famous because it was once the home of the Bronte sisters. It is now a lovely village and home to the Bronte Museum. Haworth is also home to the authentically conserved steam railway, that of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
Penistone Hill Country Park
Penistone Hill Country Park is an open area of moorland which has great views of Worth Valley and Ilkley Moor. There are many paths through the park with disused quarries, heather and grass moorland. On a fine day you can see fabulous scenes of Keighley and also hills of the South Pennines. If you look north easterly you may see Rombalds Moor and the well known Ilkley Moor. Look south westerly and you may be able to view “Top Withens” Farm, believed to be to inspirational setting for Wuthering Heights.
The park has a rocky terrain with evidence of its heritage regarding quarrying. The rock below Penistone Hill comprises of layers of stone which were deposited over 300 million years ago and is collectively termed “millstone grit”. Penistone Hill used to have a number of individual quarries operating between 1840’s and 1960. The remains of quarries can be seen observed all over the terrain. Near the centre of the park are Forth ponds which were part of a drainage system. At the western end there are remains of a coal mine.
Haworth Moor lies to the west of Haworth and is a rugged terrain of unspoilt heather-clad moorland. It is a stunningly wild landscape, rocked by blustery winds and covered with striking sky scenes. It is the moor which provided the dramatic setting for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
The Bronte Waterfall is a smallish waterfall situated roughly 1.5 miles to the south west of Haworth. The surrounding area is mostly moorland and farmland. It is an area of outstanding beauty made famous through its links with the Bronte’s. Just beneath the waterfalls is a stone bridge called Bronte Bridge which crosses the South Dean Beck.
Top Withens or Top Withins
Top Withens was also called “Top Withins” and is a farmhouse ruin on Haworth Moor, not far from Haworth. Earliest evidence of the name is in the 14th century when “Withins” is used. Later in the 17th century “Withens” is used. It is said to have been the inspiration for the location of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It lies at a height of around 1,400 feet above sea level.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a New Year Yorkshire Weekend Hiking Break in England, UK during December 2010 with SPICE West Midlands. Steve Dell of Fizz Leisure organized the weekend on behalf of SPICE. We drove from our holiday accommodation near Bingley to the starting location of Haworth pay and display car park at the top of the hill near the church.