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Stage 4: Calder Valley to Ickornshaw — Pennine Way

Stage 4: Calder Valley to Ickornshaw — Pennine Way

Difficult
08:26
18.1 mi
2.1 mph
2,575 ft
2,250 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
2.18 mi
2.31 mi
© OSM

Sylvia Plath's grave

Hiking Highlight

10.1 mi
11.3 mi
© OSM

Brontë Waterfall

Hiking Highlight

18.1 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 4.06 mi
Path: 11.5 mi
Footpath: 0.50 mi
Street: 1.34 mi
Road: 0.63 mi
State Road: 172 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 1.25 mi
Unpaved: 0.67 mi
Gravel: 2.18 mi
Paved: 2.87 mi
Asphalt: 0.71 mi
Unknown: 10.4 mi

Weather Forecast

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May 23, 2019

Comments

  • komoot

    If you enjoy classic literature and poetry as much as moorland hiking, you are in for a treat as this stage ventures into Brontë country.

    Whilst the route shown here makes a few detours from the official Pennine Way, they are worth doing and won’t add much more than an hour.

    To start, you take a slight detour east to Heptonstall, one of the Pennines’ most historic villages (if you stayed in Hebden Bridge, however, this will actually be en route). Whilst the village is a lovely place to explore, the ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket are truly magical.

    Within the churchyard, you will find the grave of the first literary great on this hike, Sylvia Plath, an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer, who was married to England’s poet laureate, Ted Hughes, for a short time.

    Head west from Heptonstall to pick up the Pennine Way as it traverses a patchwork of fields before returning to the familiar surrounds of empty moorland.

    Here, you begin to walk into the glorious Brontë country; a dreamscape of Pennine hills west of Bradford. The name honors the Brontë sisters, who wrote such literary classics as Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë), and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë) while living in the area.

    Ten miles (17 kilometers) into the route, you arrive at Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse that is said to be the inspiration for the location of the Earnshaw family house Wuthering Heights in the novel of the same name by Emily Brontë.

    A short while, and a little detour later, you arrive at the picturesque Brontë Waterfall, a place the sisters are said to have visited frequently to talk of their literary fantasies, which eventually became their own works of literature.

    Ickornshaw does not have many accommodation options, so be sure to book way in advance. There is a campsite, however, that will always find a spot for people hiking the Pennine Way.

    • May 23, 2019

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Stage 4: Calder Valley to Ickornshaw — Pennine Way