Haworth Parsonage  (Photo: Mark Davis)

Haworth

Haworth Parsonage (Photo: Mark Davis)

Haworth is known the world over as the home of the Brontës.  Which it is.  It would be strange not to mention them when telling you about Haworth.  But there are plenty of other reasons to explore this hilltop village with its steep cobbled street, so we thought we’d share them with you.

Haworth is a village for all things vintage.  You could visit during the 1940s weekend or explore the many shops with a vintage and antiques’ theme – try Oh La La, Deadpan & Ginger, the Piano’s Not For Sale, Mrs. Beighton’s Sweets, Holmes Antiques, Venables & Bainbridge Books, Hatchard & Daughters or Rose & Co, which is housed in the former premises of the druggist who supplied Branwell Bronte with laudenum.

A shop sign with a difference

A shop sign with a difference (Photo: Rebecca Yorke)

Know what the locals know…

Haworth is twinned with Machu Picchu and was the first Fair Trade Village in the UK.  You can find out more about the village’s Fairtrade links by popping into Sonia’s Smile on Main Street.

Haworth has some excellent places to eat and creative shops selling one-of-a-kind items. Paint on pottery and enjoy delicious cakes in Cobbles & Clay, treat yourself in ….and Chocolate and then browse the treasures in Hawksbys.   Alternatively, if you’d like to create your own work of art, book yourself onto a pottery course at Werxzovart Studio Gallery.

The Imaginarium, Main Street (Photo: Sarah Mason)

The Imaginarium, Main Street (Photo: Sarah Mason)

Christmas is a grand affair in Haworth.  The celebrations start in mid November with “Scroggling the Holly” and continue with various activities including: Haworth Christmas Market; Torchlight Procession Weekend; Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’s Santa Steam; Crowning of the Holly Queen accompanied by bands and morris men and the Pipes, Bows and Bells weekend.

twite-says

Brush up on your Brontës. Make sure you know all there is to know with a visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum and a walk along the Brontë Way to discover the Brontë Bridge, the ruins of Top Withens (said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights), and the Brontë Falls.  According to local legend the large perpendicular rock at Ponden Kirk has magical properties. If a girl crawls through the large cleft at the foot of the rock, it’s said they’ll be married before the year is out.

top withens september 8 2012 2 sm

Wuthering Heights? Top Withens (Photo: Mark Davis)

Pop into Gascoigne’s for homemade fare and a pint of Haworth Steam Brew.  Or try the Fleece for the full range of Timothy Taylor ales.

Take a trip on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and enjoy at the landscape from the train.

Walk all the way down Main Street, take a stroll in the Memorial Gardens and explore the shops around the railway station – there’s a great hardware store.

Or be guided! Try Johnnie Briggs of Brontë Walks, Ian Howard’s Wuthering Hikes or Helen’s Heritage Walks.

Get crafty: classes in upholstery, sewing, life-drawing and other disciplines are held at Damside Mill.  Visit their website for more information.

For more information and ideas about where to stay:

Visit www.visitbradford.com/Bronte_Country.  For more local information and event listings have a look at www.haworth-village.org.uk.   Pick up a copy of the Worth Valley magazine for more news and local goings-on.

 

Haworth from Hebden Road (Photo: Mark Davis)

Haworth from Hebden Road (Photo: Mark Davis)