Top Withens circular walk
Start: Moor Lodge Farm
Finish: Moor Lodge Farm
Length: 11.37 km / 7 miles
Weather: Dry but very windy.
We took a short break in this beautiful part of West Yorkshire, made famous by the Bronte sisters, who took their inspiration from the surrounding countryside.
The view from Moor Lodge Farm at the beginning of the walk.
Slippery Stones Farm.
The light shining on the fields near to Ponden Reservoir.
The view across to Stanbury Moor and Top Withens.
The route takes you down to the road by Ponden Reservoir.
The bridge the route crosses at the western tip of Ponden Reservoir.
Ponden Reservoir was completed in 1925 and is one of several in the area.
Ponden Hall, reputedly the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange, the home of the Linton family in Wuthering Heights. However, there is some doubt surrounding this and others think it is closer in size and appearance to the farmhouse of Wuthering Heights itself.
Heading along The Pennine Way towards Buckley Farm.
Bilingual signage, to accommodate the many Japanese tourists who love the area for it's connection with the Bronte sisters.
Looking back from where we came.
Turn right at the sign.
Looking over The Height, Top Withens is but a speck in the distance.
It is a bit closer now.
And now closer still.
This plaque explains Top Withens better than I can.
The Height from Top Withens.
The trig point on Delf Hill. Turn right here over some rough moorland. There is no path as such.
Ponden Clough Beck.
The descent to the River Worth valley. Moor Lodge Farm can be seen amongst the trees.