All aboard the Brontë bus...

28-05-2016

The countryside south of Keighley out towards Haworth, Oxenhope and Hebden Bridge is spectacular, and Brontë Bus is a great way to get out and about and enjoy some of the wonderful places that are right on your doorstep.

Brontë Bus runs every 20 minutes between Keighley and Haworth and every hour to Hebden Bridge.

Haworth

With its narrow, steep Main Street, Haworth is charming and known the world over for the Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - who wrote most of their famous works while living at Haworth Parsonage, now a museum owned by the Brontë Society.

You can look over the house and stand in the very dining room where the sisters did most of their writing. There's a gift shop, too, with lots of Brontë memorabilia and souvenirs.

Haworth has excellent tea rooms, souvenir and antiquarian bookshops, restaurants and pubs (including the Black Bull where, allegedly, Branwell Brontë's demise into
alcoholism and opium addiction began).

High Withens

If the weather's good and you have the energy - don't forget to wear stout shoes and suitable clothing, the weather can change quickly - walk up to the abandoned farmhouse ruin of Top Withens from Stanbury village or Haworth. It's about 3 miles (5 kilometres) or so and is 1,400 feet above sea level.

This lonely and slightly eerie spot is sometimes thought to be where Emily Brontë got her inspiration for Wuthering Heights, the Earnshaw home in her novel of the same name published in 1847. Take the walk and you'll see why.

Wuthering means wild, exposed or stormblown.

Hebden Bridge

This characterful, vibrant and attractive town has been called the funkiest place to live in Europe. It enjoys a reputation as a diverse, liberal, artistic and creative community.

The name comes from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. In late medieval times it was a river-crossing and meeting point of packhorse routes from Halifax to Heptonstall, Burnley and Rochdale. Once famous for textiles, now it's a desirable place to live and visit.

Wander through the town and discover its interesting, unusual and alternative shops and galleries, selling ethically-sourced products, jewellery, hand made quality crafts, cool fashions, gifts and local produce. Or just soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere and be part of the trendy café society. There are excellent restaurants and wine bars alongside traditional inns. It even has its own independent cinema.


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