RUGGED moorland once trodden by Haworth’s legendary literary sisters features in a new book of walks.

A circular trek of nearly eight-and-a-half miles between the village and Top Withens, reputedly the inspiration for the setting of Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights, is spotlighted.

It is among 20 routes outlined in Day Walks in the South Pennines.

The book – subtitled 20 routes in West Yorkshire and beyond – includes photographs, Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, plus refreshment stops and local information.

All the walks are between five and 18 miles in length and cover areas spread across West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

They range from gentle rambles to more-challenging day walks, and the routes are split into two geographical areas – Southern Walks and Northern Walks, which as well as Haworth also includes Burley-in-Wharfedale to the Twelve Apostles, an 8.7-mile walk, and an 11.8-mile route encompassing Ilkley Moor.

Author Paul Besley describes the Haworth route – which starts from the parish church – as “a relatively gentle walk along well-made trails, with just the section to Oxenhope Stoop Hill from the track that can prove a little taxing. Combined with the historical aspects of the area, it makes for a day out packed with possibilities”.

He added: “It is a walk to one of the most famous ruins in literature. This gentle walk is difficult to complete without humming along to Kate Bush’s hit ‘Wuthering Heights’!”

Mr Besley began exploring Britain’s landscape as a schoolboy in the 1970s.

His work over the years has focused on the interaction between people and the land and how it has evolved.

Previous book include Dark Peak Walks.

Day Walks in the South Pennines is published in paperback by Vertebrate Publishing and retails at £14.95. Visit