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Bronte Waterfalls

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Bronte Waterfalls
Author: blackcoffee, Published: 08 Sep 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Yorkshire,
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Bronte Waterfalls
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 4 mile circular walk taking in Penistone Hill Country Park, the Bronte Waterfall, Bronte Bridge and the village of Stanbury. The walk is along fairly well defined paths across moorland with carpets of heather covering the hillsides.
Whilst most of the route is along good paths there are sections near Bronte Waterfall which are down rocky steps which together with several kissing gates make the walk unsuitable for pushchairs. The moors are used for grazing sheep making it important to keep dogs under control.

The walk starts and finishes at the car park located in Penistone Hill Country Park which is just west of Haworth in West Yorkshire. Postcode BD22 8DA will get you to Haworth and from there take the B6142 towards Stanbury for approx 1 mile. Just before entering Stanbury take the road on the left signed Oxenhope. Go across the reservoir and climb the hill ahead. Just before the brow of the hill watch out for the large stone boulder inscribed Penistone Hill Country Park. The car park is at the top of the gravel track on your left. the car park is free and ideal for a picnic.
If you so wish you could change the start point of the walk to one of the Public Houses in Stanbury if you would prefer to end the walk with a pub meal.

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Walk Sections

Start to Waterfall
Start to Waterfall

Start point: 53.8229 lat, -1.973 long
End point: 53.8188 lat, -2.0038 long

From the car park go back down the gravel track to the main road. Just before the road note the signpost showing Bronte Falls 1.5 mls. Cross the road and take the footpath directly opposite which leads to a kissing gate that will take you onto the moor. Follow this path which slowly descends down the hillside, through bracken and heather, eventually joining a path with a wall on the right. Continue, passing the farm house ruin and down some stone steps to reach the waterfall which is on your left.
In this area you will see the chair shaped rock, where it is said that Emily Bronte rested to gather her thoughts.

Waterfall to Kissing Gate
Waterfall to Kissing Gate

Start point: 53.8188 lat, -2.0038 long
End point: 53.8193 lat, -2.0047 long

Cross the Bronte Bridge which was rebuilt after a flash flood destroyed the original on the 19th May 1989, and take the footpath to the right which climbs steeply up the hillside. Go through the kissing gate built into the wire fence and turn right by the signpost marked Haworth 2.5 ml.

Kissing Gate to Ladder Stile
Kissing Gate to Ladder Stile

Start point: 53.8193 lat, -2.0047 long
End point: 53.8219 lat, -2.0038 long

Turn right along the path with excellent views across the valley to your right. The path starts to climb gently across the hillside eventually giving views down the valley towards the reservoir. Cross the field ahead diagonally to reach the ladder stile.

Ladder Stile to Signpost OXENHOPE 2mls
Ladder Stile to Signpost OXENHOPE 2mls

Start point: 53.8219 lat, -2.0038 long
End point: 53.8238 lat, -1.9725 long

Cross the stile and, at the next signpost, turn right along the gravel track marked Stanbury. Follow this track as it drops down the hillside crossing a cattle grid and becoming a tarmac lane. The lane eventually joins the main road and enters Stanbury. Go through Stanbury passing two public houses on your left. As you leave Stanbury, turn right at the signpost marked Oxenhope 2mls.

Signpost OXENHOPE 2mls to End
Signpost OXENHOPE 2mls to End

Start point: 53.8238 lat, -1.9725 long
End point: 53.8231 lat, -1.9728 long

Take the road across the Lower Laithe Reservoir and climb the hill passing Intake Farm and Cemetery Road. Just after the boulder marking the Penistone Hill Country park turn left along the public footpath. Continue along this path to a signpost where you turn right to return to the start of the walk.

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1 responses to "Bronte Waterfalls"

Very pleasant walk, with breathtaking views and nice pint in the wuthering heights pub.

By Bruciebonus7 on 2016-10-09 19:39:03

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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