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Path name on purple backgroundBronte Way

Lancashire, W Yorkshire

71 km / 44 miles
The Way provides a cross-Pennine route linking various places associated with the lives and works of the Bronte sisters. The walk starts at Oakwell Hall, Birstall (‘Fieldhead’ in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Shirley) and goes by way of Thornton, the Bronte’s birthplace, to Haworth where the family lived in the Parsonage. The moors above Haworth hold the ruins of Top Withins (the inspiration for ‘Wuthering Heights’ in Emily Bronte’s novel); the hamlet of Wycoller has the remains of Wycoller Hall (‘Ferndean Manor’ in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre) and the route finishes at Gawthorpe Hall, visited several times by Charlotte Bronte.

DECEMBER 2023: A dislodged and leaning footbridge has been reported at SD 822356 (where Moor Isles Clough meets the River Calder) which affects the route of the Bronte Way to the north west of Burnley.

Strider News - December 2023 (Publication Update)

New guidebook available


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Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Path name on purple background
Attributes: Challenging
Start: SE218271 - Oakwell Hall, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Finish: SD807341 - Gawthorpe Hall, W Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Walking Pages - Bronte Way Bronte Country - Bronte Way Bowland Climber - Bronte Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Bronte Way  (Oakwell Hall Visitor Centre  - 2023 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 103, 104
OS Landranger Active 103, 104
OS Explorer 21, 288
OS Explorer Active 21, 288

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Route Profile:

70.0 km (43.5 miles)
1,541 m (5,056 ft) ascent
370 m (1,214 ft)  maximum height

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