This month's Adventure walk will take us to the picturesque village of Haworth, where we will start our walk out onto the 'wild' moorland to reach the Brontë Waterfalls & Top Withins.
Our walk is approximately 9.5 miles or 15k.
Please bring along a drink & something for a picnic lunch.
This walk uses gravel & stone paths, but also open, peat & heather moorland. We'd suggest walking boots & long trousers, as you'll be brushing through knee-high heather on the second half of the walk. The peat moorland could also still be quiet soggy if we've not had a period of sunshine. It may also get windy once we're on the top of the moor at Top Withins, so have layers ready.
Please note there are no toilets once we leave the village & the only public ones we found had been closed due to council budget cuts. There are plenty of cafes & pubs.
Meeting point is the Brontë Village Car Park (Sat Nav BD22 8QN). You'll need £4 to park for over 3 hours. There is only one pay machine at the bottom level.
We'll meet on the very top level of the car park to start the walk.
Meeting Time = 10.00am ready to start walking at 10.15am
We'll leave the car park to reach the village church, where the Brontes are buried. Then passing by the Parsonage Museum we'll leave the village heading for the open countryside & the moor.
Following the popular Brontë Trail (keep your eyes open for the sculpture) we'll head out to the Bronte Falls, where it's said the sisters came to sit & write. Crossing the stone bridge over South Dean Beck, we'll climb up out of the valley. This could be a good spot for elevenses with some really lovely views.
We'll then set our sights on reaching Top Withins by following paths along the top edge of the valley. Top Withins is where we'll find the ruined farmhouse said to have been the inspiration for the location for Wuthering Heights. Hopefully it will be bright & sunny for us rather than windy & wild! (Singing Kate Bush lyrics is optional at this point)
We'll then re-trace our steps down from Top Withins to walk down to foot-bridges that cross over the beck & climb back up the other side to take us onto the 'supposedly' quieter side of the valley. We'll walk among the heather passing remote farms as we head back towards Haworth.
There is an opportunity to 'bag' a trig point for those that want to before we actually descend back into the village.
As usual we shall have a Whatsapp group available for sharing finer details and car sharing options. You will be invited to this group once you have booked your place.