Jun 4, 2013

Brontë Walk--Haworth

copied from the telegraph and found on google images.......

Brontë Walk - 10 Great British Walks in pictures

Haworth map - 10 Great British Walks in pictures

Brontë Walk - 10 Great British Walks in pictures

Where: Haworth, West Yorkshire
Distance: 8 miles – variable
Duration: 3½ hours
Star point: Includes the Brontë's famously inspirational waterfall
Fitness: Moderate to harder
At the heart of Brontë country lies the village of Haworth, where the sisters found their inspiration and artistic peace.
This modestly taxing walk touches all parts of that literary equation, starting near Haworth church, which holds the Brontë family vault, then following signs for "Brontë Way and Top Within" leading out into the countryside.
A short diversion off the main path takes you to the Brontë Waterfall ("…fine indeed; a perfect torrent racing over the rocks, white and beautiful!", wrote an entranced Charlotte).
At the furthest and highest point of the walk you come to Top Withins, farmhouse ruins that are said to be a blueprint for the Earnshaw's family house in Wuthering Heights. If you stand here, you really do understand the idea of inspirational peace.
Then follow the path back through the village of Stanbury (pubs!), over the dam of Lower Laithe Reservoir and back to Haworth with, maybe, a visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Details and map: Yorkshire.com. Other Haworth walks: haworth-village.org.uk.

My friends Charlotte and Jane

Reading a book by Karen Smith Kenyon,  THE BRONTE FAMILY--PASSIONATE LITERARY GENIUSES. According to her bio she lives in SD, it would be fun to ask her a few questions about writing her book as I live in San Diego  too.  

To me, Charlotte and Jane Eyre are magical figures.  I visited Haworth a few years ago and it was practically an earth shaking experience for me.  Charlotte and Jane represent a certain unshakable truth about mankind--seriously, I could hardly keep from crying when I saw her tiny dress as if I knew them and they were my friends that had endured suffering and hardship--well, in a way I guess they are available to everyone as a friend because they are a classic in literature and it is easy to see why.

Visiting the Bronte Parsonage was really quite inspirational.  I would love to take that trip again and this time I want to take the walk on the moors--everyone always says to bring a raincoat just in case....