We enjoyed a great day hiking on the Moors with the Brontë sisters, well not literally of course. Brontë lovers will know the sisters loved hiking on the Moors. Not only because they were very fond of nature, but they used it for inspiration for their stories too. From Haworth you can walk to Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse that is believed to be the inspiration for the Earnshaw family house in Emily’s Wuthering Heights. There is no proof, and the buildings, or what’s left of them, don’t even resemble the ones she describes, but the scenery and setting are exactly what you envision when you’re reading her book. On windy days (which is most days of the year), you can almost hear Heathcliff whisper something in your ear. Almost.
The hike is beautiful. The moors are hilly with footpaths meandering through the coloured landscape, pretty streams crossing it every now and then. Depending on the sky the grass turns yellow, gold, brown, green or purple and changes constantly. We were visiting in spring, but if you visit in summer you can enjoy the highland moors blooming purple.
Our guide from BrontëWalks, Johnnie Briggs, could tell us everything about the Brontë sisters, the surrounding villages and the moors. One of the things we learned from him: that sandstone on the moors makes the water taste fantastic, and because there’s no calcium in it it’s perfect for making tea. Which is exactly what we ordered after a 5-hour hike in the pouring rain! With scones obviously. (and yes, that cup of tea was one of the best ever…)