You’ll fall in love with the great steam railway trip to Bronte country’s literary adventure

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Like great creative people such as Leonardo da Vinci and Frank Lloyd Wright whose nature studies inspired their works of art, Charlotte Bronte too used nature to enrich her writings.

Charlotte Bronte makes use of nature’s imagery throughout “Jane Eyre,” and comments on both the human relationship with the outdoors and human nature. The Oxford Reference Dictionary defines “nature” as “1. the phenomena of the physical world as a whole; 2. a thing’s essential qualities; 3.a person’s or animal’s innate character; 4. A vital force, functions, or needs.” In the narration’s”Jane Eyre” comments on all of these. And Bronte intertwined several powerful nature images throughout her novel, one of which is the image of a stormy sea.

Another recurrent image is Bronte’s treatment of Birds. She writes about Jane’s fascination when she reads Bewick’s History of British Birds as a child. Then, Bronte shows how Jane identifies with the bird. For her, it is a form of escape, the idea of flying above the toils of everyday life. Several times the narrator talks of feeding birds crumbs.

Take the scenic railway trip to find the magic of Bronte and Bronte Country.

The world of Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is brought to life in the famous village of Haworth. This picturesque village was once home to the literary greats the Bronte’s and their home is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

The best way to explore & visit Haworth and Brontë Country, West Yorkshire, is to travel by steam train on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. For Brontë Country & Haworth tourist information use our interactive map to see the things to do at each stop as well as information on accommodation, places to eat, events and walking routes. There’s something to do at every stop.

Haworth village is situated at the edge of the Pennine moors in West Yorkshire, England, the area made famous by the Bronte sisters, known as Bronte country.

The rugged, beautiful countryside of Bronte Country is just waiting to be explored. You will see Bronte Country’s past in the landscape; former mills, weavers cottages, and packhorse trails now much loved by walkers.

There are lots of walks for all abilities from the Brontë Way to a short walk from Haworth to the moors.If you prefer to cycle you’ll find lots of cycle routes as well as mountain bike trails.If you’re a horse rider, you’ll be able to follow the paths once trodden by packhorse trains. Follow the Pennine Bridleway,the first long-distance trail designed for riders which pass through Bronte Country.

Hollywood still loves Charlotte Bronte too

Hollywood finds Bronte’s imagery and the compelling stories magic for the movies. Before you take your journey to Bronte Country, you may take time to visit Hollywood’s versions of Wuthering Heightsand for now, here’s a film trailer for the 2011 remake of Jane Eyre.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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