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Windermere: The Brontes, Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre Tour

1. Windermere: The Brontes, Wuthering Heights & Jane Eyre Tour

This tour takes you through three counties to the village of Haworth, where the Bronte’s lived, set in the bleak moorland landscape of North Yorkshire. You will drive through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery for a stop in the ageless village of Clapham. See the infamous school attended by the Bronte sisters which became the inspiration for Lowood school in Jane Eyre. Following in the Charlotte Bronte’s footsteps, you can visit the pretty village of Wycoller with its ruinous hall, the model for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre. Discover the places the Bronte’s knew and the landscape which inspired them. Following this, explore the Bronte Parsonage, where Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell lived with their father, Reverand Patrick Bronte. See where they sat and wrote Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tennant of Wildfell Hall, and discover how they lived and what their lives were like in industrial Yorkshire where death was constantly on the doorstep and freedom was on the moors. Wander down the high street of Haworth, having hardly changed since the Bronte’s walked here 150 years ago. See the Black Bull Inn where Branwell drank, and the old apothecary where he bought laudanum. Set your imagination free, breathe the chilly moorland air and gaze over the wild, dramatic landscape of Wuthering Heights. Discover the freedoms and restrictions, the successes and failures, the loves and losses endured in the world of Victorian England. This was a place which fashioned the passionate, emotional and tragic lives of the world’s most famous literary family.

From Lake District: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

2. From Lake District: Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour

Choose from a pickup point in Windermere, Bowness, or Ambleside and begin your drive to the quaint village of Sedbergh. head up to see the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and the spectacular viaducts. Later, venture down into Wensleydale and Hardraw before descending into Swaledale through the valley to the small market town of Reeth for lunch. After lunch visits Bolton Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was held as a prisoner. Take a journey up the valley to the spectacular Aysgarth Waterfalls. From the waterfalls head to Hawes, where you’ll stop before continuing on to the lovely village of Dent, famous for the Dent knitters and brewery. The return trip to Windermere takes a different route, traveling via Kirkby Lonsdale.

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4.8 / 5

based on 320 reviews

We had a wonderful day the driver was very descriptive with his commentary. We had initial hearing difficulties but he worked hard to eliminate them. I think it was very good value for money. There was one disappointment that we were unable to view the Creamery as a bus load had just turned up this was no fault of the organisers though. Thank you for such a well organised trip.

It was a good memory.

It was hard to go by myself, so I was grateful for the tour bus. We had a small tour with only two people, a German and a German, and when we couldn't understand the guide in English, when we asked questions in scrambled English, the guide and the participants were kindly told and the participants were able to participate comfortably.

Took the tour on 21 June 2019 absolutely fantastic such attention to detail about the Bronte family and Howarth The guide Gillian had amazing knowledge and insight she really knew her subject amazing driving by Tim who negotiated the roads with amazing skill really recommend this experience

T’was a lovely day of sightseeing! Tim and Gillian did a great job of getting us there safe and had great commentary along the way. Would recommend to anyone with a literary background, or who wants to learn more about the Brontë’s and see a traditional Yorkshire village and moor.