Yorkshire

    Haworth, West Yorkshire: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

     ‘The idea of being authors was as natural to us as walking’ – Charlotte Brontë ‘I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free’ – Emily Brontë ‘The book becoming a map’ – Ted Hughes KEY DATA Terrain: moorland. Only attempt this walk when conditions are reasonable. Starting point: Haworth Tourist Office, […]

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    Whitby, North Yorkshire: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    ‘Leaping from wave to wave the strange schooner rushed at headlong speed, swept before the blast…’ KEY DATA Terrain: 199 steps! Starting point: 6 Royal Crescent, YO21 3EJ Distance: 9 km (1.8 miles) Walking time: 56 mins OS Map: Online at https://explore.osmaps.com/en?lat=54.489090&lon=-0.616733&zoom=15.0564 Facilities: All BRAM STOKER (1847-1912) Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker visited this pretty coastal town […]

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    Heptonstall, West Yorkshire: Ted Hughes

    ‘A naturally evolved local organism, like a giant protozoa’ ‘These early years anchored both of us up there for life’ The inspiration for this walk…Ted Hughes’ poetry Ted Hughes’ poetry was brought vividly to life for me by my first English Literature teacher, Philip Balkwill, when I was twelve . He was one of those […]

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    Marsden, West Yorkshire: Simon Armitage

    ‘My bedroom window in that house still operates as a lens and framing device’ ‘A border area where habitation meets the uninhabitable’ The book that inspired this walk – The Marsden Poems (2020) I read a review of this collection of poems in the Sunday Times just as I was starting to compile the list […]

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