Sunday, 5 May 2019

A Spring Walk to Brontë Bridge and Top Withens, Haworth, Brontë Country

Last Thursday I was back in my beloved Haworth after more than two months of absence! What a joy it was! G and Midge, the puppy, were with me too, and it was a special day for Midge with it being for him the very first time in Haworth and on the moors. Little did he know this is going to be the ground he'll be walking every day soon, when we move here from Leeds. We walked from Cemetery road to Brontë Falls, and was more than enough for an 18 week old puppy; here I parted with the two of them; G and Midge walked back to the car park, and I carried on to Top Withens, the ruined farmstead the location of which is thought to be chosen by Emily Brontë for the location of the Earnshaw house in her "Wuthering Heights" novel. I shall post photos of Midge's first day in the Brontë Country in my next post, and in this one I am sharing some of the scenery images and videos I took on the day.
It was mainly a dry day with some light rain showers, but also plenty of sunny spells too, especially in the afternoon. The light and the skies were great: moody and dramatic; very fitting for the kind of place, which I was grateful for.
All photos and videos were shot on my iPhone. The videos are completely unedited, and I gave the photos a tiny tweak in Lightroom. The photos really didn't need editing...I must say I'm very happy about how my iPhone xs Max handles the contrast between highlights and shadow, white balance and the way it records detail in the sky.

I made a point of taking quite a few videos. It is something that does interest me, but I haven't done virtually any of it so far. I want to explore how sound and movement can add to the visual experience of an image. I would also like to try my hand at creating short movies from video clips and still images, and it is with this idea in mind that I worked with my iPhone camera today; I hope to use these photos and videos for practising movie making.

I couldn't possibly come to Haworth without visiting Brontë Parsonage, the home of the inspirational and brilliant literary sisters. As I'm lucky enough to be in a position to visit quite often I don't stay very long and concentrate on one room at a time. That way I always have something different to look at. I love taking photos inside the Parsonage, and each time I'm there I try to come up with a couple of photos I haven't taken before (and preferably not seen before either). 

The grandfather clock which Patrick Brontë wound every night around 9 o'clock on his way to bed.

The Apostles' cupboard which Charlotte Brontë saw in a house in Derbyshire, and which she describes in a scene in "Jane Eyre"

Detail from Branwell Brontë's room installation

Mourning bracelet made of Emily and Anne's hair worn by Charlotte after her sisters' death and tortoiseshell box with a plait of Anne Brontë's hair

After pottering around the Parsonage churchyard and the top of Main street I rounded off the day in a usual way - with a glass of wine and a light meal, this time at the Fleece, the pub which is popular with the locals. As I set off back to Leeds it suddenly got very dark and pouring rain set in. Just at the right moment thankfully, I thought. I don't mind a bit of rain, but torrential rain is hardly conducive to traipsing around the landscape and taking photos. I was so pleased I had a very good weather and a most enjoyable day.


  1. Thanks for the videos - good to hear the sounds of the graveyard - I can see the grave where my ancestor is buried.

  2. Wow - what an amazing share. Going to return to watch the videos. Time for bed here almost, and I want to take my time to view. The photographs are gorgeous.