Brontë Country, Haworth, West Yorkshire

“Home of the famous Brontë sisters, Haworth is an undisputed literary mecca, attracting visitors from all around the world. With its historic cobbled Main Street, iconic parsonage and rolling moors, the picturesque proportions of this Airedale village exude a vintage charm that makes you feel you’ve stepped into another era”

http://www.yorkshire.com/places/bradford/haworth

We stayed at the private Upwood Holiday Park in Haworth

http://www.upwoodpark.co.uk/HOME.aspx

Arriving onto Upwood Holiday Park.  Our pitch was allocated to us.

Arriving onto Upwood Holiday Park. Our pitch was allocated to us.

Enjoying the last of the afternoon sunshine on site

Enjoying the last of the afternoon sunshine on site

Site bar

Site bar

Situated high up on the moor overlooking Haworth and Oxenhope, it afforded impressive views over the villages and across the moors.  We had sunshine our entire stay and good temperatures so our first afternoon after pitching up was spent on site sitting in the sunshine and enjoying the atmosphere.  There were lots of friendly folk, many of them on seasonal pitches who gave good advice on the area.  The first evening we ate at the pub on site which had plenty of customers in and a pleasant ambiance.

Next day we wanted to spend in the village of Haworth and explore the literary connection to the famous Brontë family.It was a pleasant mile or so walk down hill into Haworth and we were advised to just book a taxi back up at the end of the day from the taxi rank near the railway station, but me being organised I put the number in my phone prior to our day trip out and we were picked up at the Old Hall Inn.  We both really felt the pull in the back of our calf muscles for a day or so afterwards following the downhill trek!

You’re spoilt for choice with a variety of shops, among others we visited:-

http://www.andchocolate.co.uk/

http://www.rose-apothecary.co.uk/

We ate lunch at a cafe opposite the church steps, next door to the apothecary, forgotten the name of this, prior to our tour of the St Michael’s & All Angels Church and the Brontë Parsonage.

http://www.bronte.org.uk/

All of the Brontë family, except Ann, are interred in a tomb beneath the present Church floor.  The parsonage is set out much as it would have been in their time and you really get a feel for what life was like in the parsonage when they lived.  In our opinion, it is well worth a visit and the £7.50 adult admission fee.  Unfortunately, photography is not permitted inside, otherwise I’d have had heaps more photos on this blog entry!  Also, between the church and parsonage you pass the old school room where Charlotte Brontë taught.

We sampled a variety of real ales in each public house as we wandered the village (think we covered most!) and most of them were apparently also frequented on a VERY regular basis by poor Branwell Brontë, the only brother of the successful Brontë sisters.  We had a delicious tea in the gardens of the Old Hall Inn, until the sun started to go down and it became chilly, so we returned to camp for the remainder of the evening.  At the end of the driveway to the site we sat on a bench and watched a beautiful sunset before returning to Jolly.

http://www.hawortholdhall.co.uk/

We’ll definitely visit again and probably stay at Upwood as it had everything we needed and a perfect location.  We plan to do more walking next time.

http://haworth-village.org.uk/walks/walks.asp

This was a great break in a picturesque location.  We haven’t decided yet on our next trip, but it will be soon after our Wedding which is on 3rd May, and then we will be out and about on a regular basis.  Good times!

ONWARD!>>>>

Suzie & Bri

Old Main Street

Old Main Street

Cheeky little purchase made to add to our Laurel and Hardy collection

Cheeky little purchase to add to our Laurel and Hardy collection

Top of the main street

Top of the main street

Church entrance

Bronte memorial inside the church

Bronte memorial inside the church

Bronte vault inside the church

Bronte vault inside the church

Bronte vault

Bronte vault

The Old School Room where Charlotte once taught

The Old School Room where Charlotte once taught

Plaque over the entrance of the old school room

Plaque over the entrance of the old school room

The Bronte Parsonage

The Bronte Parsonage

The church from the parsonage

Bri at the site entrance

Bri at the site entrance

Amazing view (the moors not Suzie!)

Amazing view (the moors not Suzie!)

Suzie waiting to watch a beautiful sunset

Suzie waiting to watch a beautiful sunset

Bri sitting comfortably taking in the sunset

Bri sitting comfortably taking in the sunset

Beautiful end to a lovely day

Beautiful end to a lovely day

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