Spectacular scenery and a special literary heritage make Haworth holiday cottages popular among visitors from all over the world. This picturesque village lies in the Pennines, in West Yorkshire, 26 miles west of the city of Leeds. It is best known as the home of the Brontë sisters, who wrote classics such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The wild, rugged moors surrounding the village are crisscrossed by peaceful footpaths which provide breathtaking views of the Pennines.
From your holiday cottage in Haworth, you’ll be a short stroll from the village centre, where a cobbled Main Street is packed with independent businesses. For a hearty lunch or pint of Yorkshire ale, stop at the delightful Fleece Inn. Alternatively, try the Old Registry, an elegant restaurant with a reputation for fine wines and delicious food, prepared with local, seasonal ingredients. If you’re in Haworth in November, don’t miss the Scroggling of the Holly, a unique tradition which involves children in Victorian costume following bands and Morris dancers through the village centre. Haworth hosts a number of other annual events, including the excellent Haworth Arts Festival, in the first week of September.
Haworth Railway Station is on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a preserved steam line which passes through some of the region’s most remote countryside. Nearby, the 43-mile Brontë Way passes Lower Laithe Reservoir and Stanbury on its way to Brontë Falls and the Brontë Stone Chair, where the sisters are said to have sat and written their first stories together. Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum for literary events, exhibitions and a closer look at the sisters’ lives and work.
Self-catering holidays in Haworth are perfect if you’re planning on exploring the Pennines and Dales, with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Yorkshire Dales National Park both a short drive away. The lively city of Leeds can be reached in under an hour, with shopping, museums, galleries, live music and many of the region’s best restaurants.