The Brontë Stones Walk
The Brontë Stone is situated in Thornton Cemetery and features a poem by award-winning writer Jeanette Winterson. It overlooks Pinch Beck Valley and the viaduct, and offers stunning views, under the shade of sycamore trees. The poem is carved into a beautiful slab of local sandstone, sourced from Bingley Stone quarry in Cullingworth.
This is a beautiful 9-mile route over the hills from Thornton to Haworth that takes in all four of the Brontë Stones. A linear route over the moors that also includes Ogden Kirk, Denholme Beck, Nan Scar and Oxenhope, following the Brontë Way in places but elsewhere offering interesting alternatives to this well-trodden trail.
The Emily Walk
As you would hope and expect, the Emily Stone is sited in the midst of windswept moorland overlooking Haworth. The poem is written by internationally acclaimed singer and musician, Kate Bush, and is carved into the side of Ogden Kirk, a stunning outcrop of rock above the clough. The poem was written as a tribute to Emily Brontë in her bicentenary year, but also to mark forty years since the release of Kate’s debut single, ‘Wuthering Heights’, which was number one in the charts for four weeks in 1978. The stone is situated by kind permission of Yorkshire Water.
A strenuous and remote 15-mile walk across the moors high above Oxenhope and Haworth, traversing the landscape that inspired Wuthering Heights. This is a hearty yomp across the wild moorland Emily loved to roam. The route takes in Top Withins, Alcomden Stones and Ponden Hall, as well as various other beautiful sites. For serious walkers only!
The Anne Walk
The Anne Stone lies in the top right hand corner of Parson’s Field, a wild flower meadow behind the Brontë Parsonage Museum. It is carved with a poem by Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay. Anne Brontë is the only sibling not buried in the family vaults under the church next to the parsonage. Instead, she is buried in St Mary’s churchyard in Scarborough. The poem acknowledges a return of sorts, to the place where she grew up and wrote her two important novels. Many thanks to the Brontë Parsonage Museum for kindly giving permission.
A varied 7-mile walk around the lush valleys north of Haworth, taking in Newsholme Dean, the Worth Valley and Holden Park. It follows the Railway Children Walk to begin with, before climbing through Oakworth and Holden Park to charming Newsholme hamlet and Pickles Hill, then dropping down to follow the river Worth back towards Haworth and Parson’s Field where the Anne Stone is placed.
The Charlotte Walk
The Charlotte Stone is positioned in the outside wall of the Brontë Birthplace in Thornton, which is now owned by Mark and Michelle De Luca, who kindly gave permission for the stone to be situated in their grade II* listed building. The poem has been written by poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The birthplace is now home to Emily’s, a fully licensed café and restaurant.
A charming and simple 4-mile walk around Thornton, the birthplace of the Brontë children and home to the Charlotte Stone. The walk takes a short loop across the hills around Thornton, starting at St James’ Church, opposite the Old Bell Chapel where Patrick Brontë worked. It also takes in Thornton Hall, Hanging Fall, Thornton Viaduct and the Brontë Birthplace, and has some great views over the valley.