9 of the best walks around Yorkshire’s beautiful Bronte Country

Yorkshire is renowned for its vast landscape of unspoiled countryside, making it a popular haunt among ramblers

Have you explored Bronte Country yet?

While the Dales and North York Moors are among the best loved walking trails, Bronte Country is another spot not to be missed. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sits in the south Pennine hill, just west of Bradford, and earned its name from its association with the Bronte sisters. Taking inspiration from the landscape, the famous sisters penned some of the world’s most famous literary classics, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, while living in the area. If you are keen to head out on an outdoor adventure, here are nine of the best walks to enjoy around Bronte Country.

Starting from Haworth, just over two miles of footpaths will lead you to the Bronte Waterfall and a further 1.25 miles will see you arrive at Top Withens, the ruined farmhouse said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.

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The Bronte Way is a long-distance footpath which stretches for 43 miles, starting at Oakwell Hall near Birstall and finishing at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham, Lancashire. It typically takes four days to walk and passes through Penistone Country Park and several famous Bronte landmarks.
Penistone Hill is a high vantage point which overlooks the upper Worth Valley, and can be reached by a short mile walk from the village of Haworth. The landscape is heavily cratered by abandoned quarries, but continuing west over the moors will provide a further four miles of easy walking.
This six mile route takes in many of the locations where the The Railway Children was filmed and is divided into two parts, taking in Oakworth station, Mytholmes tunnel Ebor Mill, the Three Chimneys near Oxenhope and the Bronte Parsonage.
Take in some of the most famous Bronte landmarks, including the Bronte Bridge, Bronte Chair and Bronte Waterfall, on this nine mile route from Top Withens to Stanbury, which follows a section of the Pennine Way.
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Keighley Moor Reservoir by following a six mile route which follows a section of the Millennium Way through moorland, offering far reaching views over Bronte Country.
Meandering along a 10 mile circular route, this walk starts with a steep climb from Oxenhope and encompasses four reservoirs, moorland and golf courses along the way, including the impressive Ogden Reservoir.
Passing through beautiful countryside along the eight mile route, this walk starts in Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth and heads south, passing Lower Laither and Leeshaw Reservoirs, Lumb Hole Waterfall and Hardcastle Crags along the way.
This circular three mile route begins at Ponden Lane, adjacent to Ponden Reservoir, and heads uphill to Stanbury Moor to offer views over the Worth Valley. The latter half of the walk takes in level moorland before descending back to the reservoir.