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Exploring Haworth, West Yorkshire

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If you’ve read this post, then you’ll know that one of the things I’m aiming to do more of this year is take advantage of UK travel. I’m determined that 2018 is the year that I finally get around to all of those destinations I’ve talked about visiting for years, and we made a great start this weekend by spending Sunday afternoon exploring Haworth, West Yorkshire, for the first time.

I feel a little bit embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to get to Haworth. My friends and family have always raved about it, it’s only about half an hour away from where we live, and I actually spent three years working just around the corner from this gorgeous Yorkshire village. But now I’ve finally visited, I know that I’ll be back time and time again.

exploring haworth And that’s because Haworth is one of the loveliest places I’v ever been. Filled with hilly streets, quaint shops and epic countryside views, it’s the perfect place to while away a couple of hours. Plus, it has the added benefit of being steeped in history too.

It’s most famously known as the place where the Brontë sisters – Charlotte, Emily and Anne – spent most of their lives, and where they wrote their most famous novels. If you’re a fan of their work, then Haworth is a village not to be missed – not only can you look around their former home (which is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum), but you can take a stroll to Top Withens, the farmhouse that is believed to be Emily Brontë’s inspiration for Withering Heights.

exploring haworth Even if you’re not a huge literary fan though, Haworth is still well worth a visit. It oozes with Yorkshire charm, from the gorgeous historic building and cobbled streets, to the friendly pubs, complete with real ales and roaring fires. Plus, if you’re feeling active, there are also plenty of lovely walking and hiking routes that start in the village.

If you do fancy a visit, I’ve pulled together a little hit list of pubs, shops and things to do below.

TO DO

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  • Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum to find out more about the Brontë family and what inspired their famous novels.
  • Take a walk from Haworth to Top Withens and see the landscape that inspired Wuthering Heights (the walk is around 3.5 miles long)

SHOPS

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  • The Cabinet of Curiosities – my Auntie had recommended this little shop to me and as soon as I saw it I totally understood way! It’s decorated so beautifully and in keeping with the history of the town, and the bath and beauty products they sell are absolutely gorgeous.
  • Lighthouse Lane – this lovely little lifestyle store sells the most beautiful collection of homewares, handmade jewellery and unique gifts. I picked up a little cross stitched piece to hang in my office with the quote “you are capable of more than you know” and it was an absolute bargain!

PUBS

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  • The Fleece Inn – we stopped for a pint in this cosy little pub and we were so glad we did! The fire was roaring, the drinks selection was brilliant and there were board games a plenty. Plus, the food looked pretty yum too.
  • The Black Bull – we didn’t get chance to call in to this pub on our visit, but it’s well known for being one of Haworth’s oldest drinking establishments – in fact, rumour has it that Patrick Brontë used to drink here!

exploring haworthI’m already itching to get back! Have you ever been before?

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  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons
    18th January 2018 at 9:21 am

    I love Haworth. I blogged directions for the whole Bronte walk that you can do (that includes Top Withens). It comes in around 5 miles ish but it’s wonderful! x

    • Sophie Cliff
      22nd January 2018 at 9:05 am

      Oooooh, I’ll definitely check your post out for our next visit! x

  • Laura Emilia
    18th January 2018 at 9:34 am

    I’ve never been to Haworth but I really want to go one day! I love Jane Eyre, so visiting that museum and the town in itself would be such a joy. Your photos are beautiful, by the way! xx

    • Sophie Cliff
      22nd January 2018 at 9:05 am

      It’s such a gorgeous little village! Perfect for a day out x

  • Leanne
    18th January 2018 at 9:36 am

    Haworth is fantastic – I took David here last year as he isn’t from Yorkshire and we did the whole Wuthering Heights across the moors thing haha. Didn’t get chance to visit the museum but definitely would like to. Fab post x

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    • Sophie Cliff
      22nd January 2018 at 9:06 am

      I’m already dying to go back! x

  • Kate (Petite Adventures)
    18th January 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Haworth is so quaint! I will definitely have to try and plan a day trip when I’m back in Yorkshire!

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  • Lisa Santos
    18th January 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Looks beautiful!

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  • Jasmin Charlotte
    21st January 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve been meaning to go for ages too! Definitely going to happen! x

    • Sophie Cliff
      22nd January 2018 at 9:06 am

      It’s honestly beautiful Jasmin, I think you’d love it there x

  • The Travels Of Mrs B
    22nd January 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Such a pretty looking village

  • Nicola
    23rd January 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I love Haworth! I’ve been twice (I’m a big Brontë fan) and would happily to again. I can recommend taking the Keighley and Worth Valley railway to get there if you fancy extending the day a little.