Haworth Moor and Top Withins is a 12.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keighley, West Yorkshire, England that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 12.1 km Elevation Gain: 314 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


partially paved




no shade

This is a circular walk around the moorland to the west of Haworth in West Yorkshire. The Bronte Sisters wrote most of their novels whilst living at Haworth Parsonage, when their father was parson at the local church. The route takes in sections of the Bronte Way and Pennine Way, visiting the sisters, moorland haunts including Bronte Bridge and Waterfall (where the sisters were said to take turns sitting and writing their first novels) and Top Withins (the ruined farmhouse reputedly the setting for the farmstead Wuthering Heights). Aside from the literary connections, you will be able to enjoy long stretches of high moorland which blooms into a bright purple in mid to late summer and is criss-crossed by pretty streams. The route has several long and steady climbs and descents, plus one short steeper climb. The paths are a mixture of stone and flagstone moorland paths plus some unmade sections that can get muddy at times. Many sections are rocky and uneven so sturdy boots are recommended and the area is quite exposed so ensure you have warm clothing with you. You will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates plus one squeeze stile and some stepping stones across a stream. You will be sharing the moorland paths with sheep for the majority of the route and with Highland Cattle for a short stretch, so take care with dogs. There are no toilet facilities or refreshments available on route, but there are plenty of places for a picnic. Approximate time 4 hours.

2 months ago

Really good trail, had a good mixture of dirt tracks and off road in the moors, not too challenging. Can imagine it gets quite muddy but really good in this dry weather we've had.

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