As much as I love London, sometimes, I really just feel the need to get away for a while. After a pretty difficult and busy week, I decided to go and join my parents in Yorkshire for a few days, so on Friday afternoon, I hopped on a train and headed to ‘the North’ for a weekend in Haworth, home of the Brontë family.
The scenery is just breathtaking. As we drove along the twisty lanes to the cottage, the views of the sun setting across the moors was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. It’s hard to believe that just a couple of hours before I had been dragging a suitcase around Euston under grey London skies.
Our cottage was wonderfully quaint. The living room had an actual, log-burning fire, and a stream running through the flower-filled back garden.
On Saturday morning, I woke up after the best nights sleep – the countryside around Haworth is amazingly quiet – and went for a run around the glorious (though hilly!) countryside. After getting slightly lost (and rescued by my wonderful father), I showered, changed, and jumped in the car to spend the morning at Hebden Bridge.
Hebden Bridge is one of the most picturesque places imaginable. Rolling green hills provide the perfect backdrop to a whole host of incredible independent and vintage stores. Some of my personal favourites include;
- Lucy and the Caterpillar (vintage clothing)
- Something Sweet (sweets, and ice cream!)
- Jules China (adorable pottery)
- Elwood (vintage clothing)
Hebden Bridge also has a great array of charity shops (I managed to pick up an amazing pair of brand new Levis, some gorgeous heeled Spanish shoes, and about a thousand books), and cafes. We stopped at the wonderful Marco’s Cafe (incredible foccacia and chocolate cake!) to refresh before yet more relaxing back at the cottage.
A weekend in Haworth would not be complete without a walk across the ‘wiley, windy moors’ – inspiration for the writings of the Brontë sisters. Me and my parents set off early on Sunday morning (trusty guidebook in hand!), to make the 8-mile pilgrimage to ‘Top Withins’ – the remote, abandoned farmhouse that is rumoured to be the inspiration for the Wuthering Heights farmhouse.
Trekking across the moors was incredible. The walk we did was challenging, but enjoyable. It’s easy to imagine the Brontës being inspired as they walked across the wilderness of the lonely moors.
To finish off the weekend, I decided I couldn’t leave Haworth without visiting the actual home of the Brontë family. The Parsonage where the Brontë family lived is now a museum, containing an amazing collection of their possessions, including some of their writings and clothes (Charlotte Brontë was so tiny!). As 2017 is the bicentenary of the birth of Branwell Brontë, there was a special exhibition of his own personal history.
So, although I only got to spend one short weekend in Haworth, I found that it is actually possible to get a lot of exploring done in that time! I’m now back in London feeling gorgeously refreshed, and would definitely recommend a weekend in Haworth to anyone interested in literature, or just wanting an escape from city life.