Thursday, 26 August 2010

Brontë Falls

About halfway between Top Withens and Haworth the path passes through this little valley, past the Brontë Waterfall. Referred to by the Brontës themselves as 'the meeting of the waters', it is usually quite a tranquil spot. But when heavy rain has soaked the surrounding peat moorland, huge torrents can pour down the stream. One cloudburst swept away the old stone footbridge, which has now been replaced by a replica.
"We set off, not intending to go far; but though wild and cloudy it was fine in the morning; when we got about half-a-mile on the moors, Arthur suggested the idea of the waterfall; after the melted snow, he said it would be fine. I had often wished to see it in its winter power, so we walked on. It was fine indeed; a perfect torrent racing over the rocks, white and beautiful!"

Charlotte Brontë, 29 November, 1854
The surrounding moorland seems very wild and isolated these days but at one time there were many dwellings around the Falls and the moors were dotted with farmhouses and weavers' cottages. There are many 'erratics' - large boulders that litter the moors, brought down here from the Dales and the Lake District by glaciers in the Ice Age. These were crushed and burned in kilns to make lime to fertilise the acidic moorland. The moors were also mined for coal until the coming of the railway in 1867 meant it was cheaper to bring in coal from the bigger mines further south. So these moors were a hive of activity, with many people living and working in the area.

10 comments:

  1. Ah how beautiful, look at that heather. The replica looks good to me ;-)The Brontës are amongst my favourite authors, all three of them.

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  2. One day I have to make a pilgrimage there!What a beautyful place! and knowing that the Brontës were there...(sigh)!:)

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  3. Another great photograph from a beautiful landscape Jenny.
    Costas

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  4. Wonderful post jenny, a very beautiful area.

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  5. Very impressive landscape, I can almost imagine it with the water in full rage. ~Lili

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  6. How neat to see what is described in literature!

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  7. Love seeing this place I've only known through the Brontes.

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