WALKING / CYCLING
As well as the inspiration for the world famous Bronte novels West Yorkshire and the South Pennines is ideal terrain for outdoor pursuits. There are a huge number of paths, tracks and trails that provide you with some of the best places in England to walk, cycle, mountain bike and horse ride. There are heather and peat covered moors, craggy rock outcrops and shining Victorian reservoirs on the uplands, while the steep sided valleys have clough woodlands, fields bounded by drystone walls, canals, rivers and the richly-built heritage of the Industrial Revolution.
The environment combines challenging routes with breathtaking scenery for outdoor sporty types and ramblers. For some brilliant walking, cycle and riding routes, listed by ease and interest, visit South Pennines website where there is a wealth of information and routes to download for free.
The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile circular footpath route around the boundary of Calderdale in West Yorkshire and runs right past Holdsworth House (see map below). Some people attempt the entire walk over a series of days as it offers such a variety of views and landscapes, but the best way is to walk the Way is in sections, all marked by a CW ‘tree’ motif. Download the below calderdale way map as a PDF.
THE BRONTE WAY
This is a 43 mile walking route which starts at Oakwell Hall near Birstall, Leeds and finishes at Gawthorpe Hall near Burnley in Lancashire. The Bronte Way was listed in the Top 50 Trips of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler, so is one not to be missed.
The trail leads walkers and literary enthusiasts through numerous places of interest and the inspiration for many iconic scenes in the Brontes’ works. Taking the walk in stages at a time you can visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum (the Brontës’ home and where Charlotte Brontë wrote Jane Eyre), the ruined farmhouse said to be the inspiration behind Wuthering Heights as well as a wealth of beautiful valleys and remote moorland.
The section of the trail that runs within 3 miles of the hotel will take visitors through Oxenhope towards Hebden Bridge to the Bronte Chair and Bronte Bridge.
The South Pennines website offers a number of free walks in the area, or visit the Calderdale Way website for specific map sections of the Calderdale Way. Whether you walk the Way or one of the other many interesting routes, Holdsworth House makes the perfect resting place for staying overnight or calling in for a well-earned afternoon tea. We welcome groups of walkers, bikers and dogs are permitted to stay in the hotel bedrooms for a small fee. (Pictures by Steve Morgan)
Some of the UK’s best limestone sport climbing and gritstone bouldering can be found in Yorkshire, with 600 bolt protected routes in the Yorkshire Dales alone – although the bulk of climbing in Yorkshire remains traditional in style. For a fantastic ideas for bouldering and climbing routes – whether you’re just starting out or a sports climber, visit Welcome to Yorkshire.
For less serious climbers, families who want to learn the art of bouldering or scaling dizzy heights, or for those who want an indoor challenge, head to Yorkshire’s top indoor climbing centre, Rokt in Brighouse, which boasts the tallest lead wall in Yorkshire at 21 metres. Here adults and children can learn under qualified supervision, and best of all it only 20 minutes form Holdsworth House.