Penistone Hill Country Park

Penistone Hill Country Park is a site of dis-used quarries and now a popular destination for walkers, runners and dog-walkers. It's also popular with families as a fun place to carefully climb over rocks and boulders left from its quarrying days. Download the Penistone Hill Heritage Trail.

The site has numerous small car parks at its outer edges, plus a larger car park at its top. All offer free parking and are ideal for those going on a Haworth walk to explore the moors.

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Penistone Hill Country Park

Dimples, Penistone and West End quarries provided much needed sandstone to build houses for the neighbouring villages, as well as to help build the nearby roads and reservoir networks. Quarrying finally ceased in the late 1960s.

It is believed that Penistone Hill derives its name from the gambling game 'Gamepenny Stone' and it is known that men would gather on Penistone Hill for this.

Penistone Hill is scarred with lumps of sandstone and small ponds (known as forth ponds) that were used to drain the moorland when it was previously mined for coal. The coal was a very thin seam and of poor quality, so when the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway arrived, better-quality coal was transported in to supply the local mills.

The West End cricket ground is located at the top of Penistone Hill Country Park, has a boundary of heather and dry stone walls and boasts one of the finest views of any cricket ground.

In March 2016, Penistone Hill Country Park was used to build a replica of the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth. This enabled the BBC to film exterior shots of the building for a drama, 'To Walk Invisible' about the Brontë family.

Penistone Hill Country Park sign
Penistone Hill Country Park bench
Penistone Hill Country Park pond

"To Walk Invisible" TV Production On Penistone Hill

2016 saw a full-sized replica of Bronte Parsonage and its surrounding buildings built on the stunning, windy wilds of Penistone Hill between Haworth and Stanbury.

To Walk Invisible was a BBC drama penned by Sally Wainwright and looked at the famous literary family, focusing on the incredible obstacles the sisters had to overcome in order to write some of the greatest novels in the English language.

The set was dismantled immediately after filming and unfortunately, no trace of it now exists. It caused a lot of local excitement and the production was extremely well received. It's a must watch!

To Walk Invisible Bronte Sisters
Film set on Penistone Hill Country Park
Film set construction on Penistone Hill Country Park
To Walk Invisible TV production on Penistone Hill, Haworth