PENISTONE HILL COUNTRY PARK

A picturesque dis-used quarry site with free parking for exploring the moors & Bronte Waterfall.

Penistone Hill Country Park

Penistone Hill Country Park is located between the village of Haworth and the moor and is a site of three dis-used quarries.

Penistone Hill Country Park

It has small car parks at its outer edges and a larger car park at its top. All offer free parking and are ideal for those going on to explore Haworth Moor.

Download a map of Penistone Hill Country Park showing how to get there and the free car parks.

The site was previously used as a source of sandstone rock and the three quarries, named Dimples, Penistone and West End supplied materials for local houses, roads and reservoir networks. Quarrying finally ceased in the late 1960s.

Coal was also mined at the site supplying local mills as they converted to steam power, though the seams were generally thin and of poor quality.

When the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway arrived, better-quality coal could be transported in to supply the mills, and eventually the ‘bell pit’ mines were closed and sealed after just 10 years of mining.

It is believed that Penistone Hill derives its name from the gambling game ‘Gamepenny Stone’ and it is known that men gathered there to play it.

Penistone Hill can be visited on the ‘Escape To The Moor’ guided Haworth walk which takes you off the beaten track to all the key Bronte beauty spots.

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Care For The Countryside

Thank you in advance for following these basic requests when visiting the moor:

  • Park in public car parks like Penistone Hill Country Park and not on residential streets or country lanes. It really helps.
  • Take your litter home. It’s yours.
  • Keep dogs on leads to protect sheep and nesting birds.