Bronte Way
43 mile literary pilgrimage through Bronte country

The Bronte Way is a 43 mile long distance footpath which starts at Oakwell Hall (“Fieldhead” in Charlotte Bronte’s novel “Shirley”) near Birstall in Kirklees near Bradford, and ends at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham near Burnley. The route winds past many places of interest to Bronte enthusiasts, including the Bronte Birthplace in Thornton, Ponden Hall (“Thrushcross Grange” in Emily Bronte’s novel “Wuthering Heights”), Wycoller, and of course, the village of Haworth itself.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Day 1: Oakwell (accommodation in Birstall) to Lightcliffe (7.5m)
Day 2: Lightcliffe to Leeming Wells (10.9m)
Day 3: Leeming Wells to Stanbury (7.5m)
Day 4: Stanbury to Burnley (11.2m)
Day 5: Burnley to Gawthorpe (with accommodation in Padiham) (6.5m)

 

£630 per person (single)
£530 per person (based on two sharing)
£500 per person (based on group of 3)
£470 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Oakwell (accommodation in Birstall) to Thornton (16.3m)
Day 2: Thornton to Wycoller (13m)
Day 3: Wycoller to Gawthorpe (with accommodation in Padiham) (16.1m)

 

£425 per person (single)
£365 per person (based on two sharing)
£345 per person (based on group of 3)
£335 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£200 per person (single)
£100 per person (based on two sharing)
£70 per person (based on group of 3)
£10.00 per person per day (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£130 per person (single)
£70 per person (based on two sharing)
£50 per person (based on group of 3)
£40 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

  • Holiday Options
  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £50.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information
The Bronte Way is a 43 mile long distance footpath which starts at Oakwell Hall ("Fieldhead" in Charlotte Bronte's novel "Shirley") near Birstall in Kirklees near Bradford, and ends at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham near Burnley. A challenging walk which has moorland scenery, heritage and literary aspects.

The route winds past many places of interest to Bronte enthusiasts, including the Bronte Birthplace in Thornton, Ponden Hall ("Thrushcross Grange" in Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights"), Wycoller, and of course, the village of Haworth itself. Scenic highlights include Penistone Hill country park, perched on the moors high above Haworth, the trail to the Bronte Waterfall and on over the Bronte Bridge up to Top Withens (a favourite walk of the Brontes themselves - Top Withens being suggested as the contentious setting for the Earnshaw farmstead in "Wuthering Heights"), and Wycoller in the Forest of Trawden at the edge of Pendle Witch Country.

While some of the Bronte Way crosses wild and desolate moorland, civilisation is never far away and there are plenty of pubs and country houses to stop off for a quick pint of ale en-route.

Places which can be visited along the route include Oakwell Hall (starting point) in Kirklees, Clayton village, Thornton village (including the Bronte Birthplace), Haworth village (including the Bronte Parsonage), The Bronte Waterfall, The Bronte Chair, The Bronte Bridge, Ponden Hall, Top Withens, Wycoller, Gawthorpe Hall (finishing point) near Burnley.

The route is waymarked with a yellow arrow on a magenta background for much of the way, although some can be easily missed. In places the route is coincident with other long distance paths whose waymarking takes precedence, so some care is required. Having the guidebook and OS Explorer maps is recommended to ensure reliable route finding, particularly on the moorland sections.

OS Explorer Maps
OL21 - South Pennines

Guide Books
"The Bronte Way" by Paul Hannon 
"The Bronte Way" by Marie Wilson 

ViewRanger Digital Maps
Digital Maps can be viewed on a modern smartphone using an appropriate ‘app’, which is usually provided as part of any map purchase. Brigantes are happy to recommend ViewRanger for all your digital mapping and mobile navigation needs.

The ViewRanger Shop provides Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK, as well as the National Trail and selected Long Distance Paths. Map segments can also be purchased ad-hoc, allowing you to cover any walk you plan to take.

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