If you are looking to travel around the UK in your motorhome this year, there are a wide range of incredible locations and landscapes awaiting any traveller who wishes to embrace the multitude of fantastic sites the UK has to offer.
If you are a lover of classic literature and the legacy left by the works of the Bronte sisters, you may enjoy a visit to Bronte Country. This wonderful part of the UK straddles the West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennines in the North of England, and served as the constant inspiration for the works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
Bronte Country receives an influx of visitors from all over the world throughout the year, and remains one of the country’s most beloved tourist spots. The windswept land of moors and wild heather consists of the Pennine hills immediately to the west of the Bradford/Leeds conurbation of West Yorkshire.
The geology of Bronte Country consists predominantly of Milestone Grit. This beautiful dark sandstone lends the crags and scenery in its entirety an air of desolation and bleakness that fuelled the imagination for the sisters, and resulted in the creation of such classic literature as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
You can visit the property in which the sisters lived and conceived of their timeless works. The Bronte Parsonage Museum is world famous, and is located in Haworth. The women’s birthplace can be found in Thornton just outside of Bradford, where their father worked as a parson at Thornton Church. Ponden Hall is a listed Elizabethan farmhouse that is situated on the Pennine Way by the village of Stanbury amidst the glorious moors that lie above the village of Haworth. The hall is widely believed to be the inspiration for “Thrushcross Grange” in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
A little further afield lies Pendle Witch Country of East Lancashire. Here you will discover the remains of Wycoller Hall which is said to have inspired “Ferndean Manor” in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. A little further along to the North are the Yorkshire Dales which boast the village of Cowan Bridge. The local school inspired “Lowood School” in Jane Eyre, while the country house at Norton Conyers near Ripon in the Vale of Mowbray is believed to be the setting for the legendary “Thornfield Hall” in the same novel.
The Bronte Country area has other cultural and literary associations. It boasts the burial site of Sylvia Plath in Heptonstall, and the birthplace of the poet Ted Hughes and the artist David Hockney. The Pennine Way is a long distance footpath that passes through Bronte Country. along with Bronte Way, the Great Northern Railway Trail and The Bradford Millennium Footpath.
If you wish to see the dramatic backdrop of the wild English moors that gave inspiration for the fated Heathcliff and Cathy, as well as enjoy the many other historical and cultural attractions, Bronte Country is sure to offer the perfect motorhome holiday for all literature lovers.