Water pouring down Bronte waterfall in west riding, Yorkshire
Water pouring down Bronte waterfall in west riding, Yorkshire

West Riding - Bronte Waterfall Circular Walk

Follow in the footsteps of literary greats, the Bronte sisters

The village of Haworth and the Bronte Waterfalls are made famous by the Bronte Family - particularly Emily, as Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse, is thought to be the inspiration for Heathcliff’s home in Wuthering Heights. This walk talks you past the Bronte Waterfalls, Top Withens and Lower Laithe Reservoir.

It takes approx 45 minutes to walk from Haworth Main Street to the Bronte Waterfall or 25 minutes from Penistone Hill Country Park which has free parking. It’s a relatively easy walk with larger stones and rougher terrain the closer you get.

Bronte Waterfall Walk is a fairly easy walk with rougher terrain the further you get towards the waterfall. Once there you can either turn and go back the same way or continue on a circular loopback to the start.

Start the walk from Cemetery Road. You will see Lower Laithe Reservoir in the background. At the end of Cemetery Road, go straight ahead, following the signpost for Bronte Way.

At the signpost, continue straight ahead, following the direction for Top Withens via Bronte Waterfall. To start the walk to Top Withens, continue along the Bronte bridge and head up the steps. Continue through the gate and head left. Turn left at the signpost.

From Top Withens, return along the path back to the signpost you recently passed and continue along the path for Stanbury and Haworth. Turn left at the signpost, following the sign for Stanbury and Pennine Way. Keep following the stone path.

Continue the walk through Stanbury, passing the Wuthering Heights Inn. Turn right onto Reservoir Road. Turn left down the bridleway. The bridleway returns you to Cemetery Road.