The true university these days is a collection of books.
-Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Visit to Haworth

A friend and I are going to Haworth, home of the Brontes, in April, and some other friends may be joining us for one of the days too. I have been to Haworth very briefly some years ago but have never done the whole Bronte trail.

By the time we go I am hoping to have read Wuthering Heights and my friend hopes to read Jane Eyre so that we can have some discussion, while adding context by visiting the major sites. Our other friends have been invited to read something by the Brontes so that we can widen the discussion.

Haworth is a lovely village in its own right (remember the old Hovis advert, pushing the bike up the steep cobbled street...), and it will be good to get some air straight off the moors.

There is a steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway that takes you right into Haworth if you want the full on Victorian experience. The Bronte Parsonage Museum is a major draw for Bronte fans, and there are lots of walks to locations used in their novels.

I have wanted to do this trip for ages so it is great to be able to share it with some friends.


Annabel Gaskell said...

When we went there several years ago, we did the full arriving by steam bit. Great fun! We ate our picnic in the meadow behind the parsonage. On the way back to Keighley, we got off at Oakworth to try and get my daughter to do a 'Daddy, my Daddy' moment for the camera at the Railway Children's stop, but no such luck. Hope you enjoy your visit.

Leah said...

Hi Annabel, I am really looking forward to it. I have just started Wuthering Heights so am getting into the mood already. Picnic sounds a good idea, it may be a bit warmer by then too. Thanks for stopping by.

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