Top Withens, or Wuthering Heights
Top Withins is a ruined farmhouse, said to have been the inspiration and location of the Earnshaw family house in Emily Bronte's classic novel, Wuthering Heights.
The building bore no resemblance to the house she described, but the situation may have been in her mind when she wrote of the moorland setting of the Heights. We think so too and it's a stunning location to sit quietly, ponder and think of the dark, brooding and immensely passionate nature of Cathy and Heathcliffe. Dare you too?!
Top Withens lies on the Pennine Way and is a must-go location for all Bronte enthusiasts. It's an invigorating 4 mile walk from Haworth, though mostly on gravel or flagstone paths, via Bronte Waterfall, but has stunning views so definitely worth the trek.
An good option for the return journey can be via the village of Stanbury to enjoy a refreshing beer, hot drink or bite to eat in the Wuthering Heights pub (click & scroll to Camping). A proper Yorkshire pub!
A Walk For Lovers
From Above Top Withens
The Changing Character