Distance: 6 miles 10k
Grade: Mainly easy but with a short climb from Bronte Falls and a more sustained climb to Top Withens
Map: OS OL21 The South Pennines.
Keep on the track for a further ¾ of a mile to where it begins to dip into an attractive tree lined valley.
As you reach its bottom on an altogether more rugged track you'll see to the left the Bronte Waterfall and nearby the Bronte Bridge.
In the summer months the waterfall can be a rather disappointing dribble but Charlotte Bronte writes of it in glowing terms after visiting it in November 1854.
climbs to the moorland shelf above and then crosses past grouse shooting butts
to the isolated but substantial property of Harbour Lodge - its tree adorned grounds in sharp contrast to the treeless moors. As you near it turn right at a signpost onto a path in the direction of Top Withens. The path follows the wall to the left skirting Harbour Hill to the right.
At the next junction of paths about 350yds beyond the wall turn right.
The path is obvious but narrow. For 300yds it maintains height and then slants down to a double wooden bridge over a small stream.
On the far side keep on the path as it climbs through heather and then after crossing another stream by stepping stones continues to intercept a broad track that is the Pennine Way.
Turn left and keep climbing to reach Top Withens.
In other words if you have trudged three miles across the moors from Haworth as an act of homage to the great novel/film/Kate Bush song it has been a complete waste of time! "Wuthering" or not it is still a great location and one with a fine view over the way you came and the way you'll return. Head downhill on the Pennine Way.
After a mile and a half just beyond Upper Heights Farm the Pennine Way turns left towards Ponden but you keep ahead reaching Back Lane
which leads onto Hob Lane on the edge of Stanbury.
Turn right and walk through the village. On the far side turn right in the direction of Oxenhope. This lane crosses the dam of Lower Laithe Reservoir
and climbs up the hill to the car park.
POI: At the time of writing Haworth's Parsonage, church, churchyard and school are being recreated as a film set on top of Penistone Hill for a one off BBC drama "To Walk Invisible" written and directed by Sally Wainwright.
This will take a new look at the extraordinary family. Given that all the buildings have changed little over the intervening years this begs the question why build a new set? The reason is because of the trees which now form a backdrop to the Parsonage and churchyard. In the time of the Brontes there were no trees which is why a set built at what must be considerable expense is necessary.