The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Cover Story - Bronte Walk, Ha­worth, York­shire (8 Miles)

This year marked the 200th an­niver­sary of Char­lotte Brontë’s birth and her spirit sur­vives on Ha­worth Moors – at their most at­mo­spheric in win­ter and the in­spi­ra­tion for much of the Brontë fam­ily’s work. Head­ing out west from the pub, past Lower Laithe Reser­voir and then back through Stan­bury to the Mu­seum Par­son­age, you will pass, on the re­turn, the Brontë Water­fall de­scribed by Char­lotte as a “perfect tor­rent racing over the rocks, white and beau­ti­ful”.

Fleece Inn (flee­; OS Ex­plorer Map OL21 which the wall was built. It’s a scene that has barely changed in 2,000 years.

Hous­es­teads Fort Car Park Mile­cas­tle Inn (mile­cas­; OS Ex­plorer Map OL43 The writer JRR Tolkien vis­ited Stony­hurst Col­lege, the Catholic school in the vil­lage of Hurst Green in the Rib­ble Val­ley, dur­ing the Se­cond World War to see his son John, who had been evac­u­ated there. While there Tolkien wrote chap­ters of The Lord of the Rings – sprawled out at a desk in a class­room – and schol­ars have found many in­flu­ences from the sur­round­ing land­scape in his writ­ing. The five­and-a-half mile Tolkien Trail makes a won­der­fully at­mo­spheric walk. It takes you around the col­lege, past Pen­dle Hill and 12th-cen­tury Clitheroe Cas­tle, through woods, along river­banks and over stiles.

Shire­burn Arms Ho­tel, Hurst Green (shire­burn­armshotel. OS Ex­plorer map OL41. The mys­ter­ies (or the baloney, de­pend­ing on your out­look) of The Da Vinci Code, with its web of in­trigue in­clud­ing the holy grail and the knights tem­plar, still has the power to pro­voke lots of lively dis­cus­sion. All the more so dur­ing a walk through rocky Roslin Glen end­ing at that ar­chi­tec­tural jewel box, the Ross­lyn Chapel, sup­posed fi­nal rest­ing place of the Grail it­self. Ross­lyn’s walls boil with flora and fauna, myth­i­cal beasts and mu­si­cal instruments. There is so much en­ergy com­pressed into that stone, it’s al­most fright­en­ing.

The Orig­i­nal Ross­lyn Inn (the­o­rig­i­nal­ho­; OS Ex­plorer Map 344

A misty view of the 12th-cen­tury Tin­tern Abbey, above; the Seven Sis­ters, below

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