Hounds in the Hills – Visiting Haworth With Dogs


You may have seen pictures of Haworth in lists of the most beautiful villages in England. The home of the Bronte sisters certainly lives up to its reputation, and it’s an ideal destination for travellers with dogs. We visited Haworth with Chase on a pleasant summer day.

Getting to Haworth

For this trip, we were staying in a local Airbnb around an hour’s drive away in Hellifield. We passed through Skipton and Keighley en route, enjoying plenty of rolling hills and other pleasant scenery.

If you’re travelling to Haworth by public transport, you can take the Bronte Bus, a B 1, B2 or B3 from Keighley, or from Hebden Bridge, if you’re taking the B1. This scenic route includes some of the highest roads in the Pennines, offering riders the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the Yorkshire countryside. The journey should take around half an hour to 40 minutes in total.

Prefer to take an even more scenic route? Haworth has a station on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a preserved steam line. You can catch the train from Keighley which has good train connections from Bradford and Leeds, or Lancaster and Carlisle for those travelling from further afield.

The Village of Haworth

This historic village is packed full of charm, attracting tens of thousands of tourists every year. The cobbled streets and historic buildings make Haworth look like a scene from a film. In fact, films such as The Railway Children were shot here.

Chase takes to the cobbled streets

The chief attraction is The Bronte Museum, a former parsonage that was home to the Bronte sisters. But many people visit Haworth simply to enjoy the atmosphere. The cobbled streets, old buildings and beautiful surrounding countryside make for a quintessentially English experience.

We enjoyed walking the sloped, cobbled streets, taking our time visiting the gift and specialty shops. The narrow streets can be quite busy and we encountered many dogs. Chase was so interested in the shops that he was totally unreactive to a small dog that came to sniff him!

Note that the road surface is quite rough, and there is lots of elevation on Main Street.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Haworth is replete with great places to eat and drink. For lunch, we chose to visit a traditional baker, Villette Coffee House and Bakery, where we bought pasties, pies, and a local delicacy known as the Yorkshire Fat Rascal!

As it was my birthday, we decided to stop in a few pubs. Our first stop was the Black Bull, a traditional pub offering craft beers, real ales, and pub food options. The pub wasn’t too crowded, and Chase had plenty of space to stretch out.

Next, we visited the Old Sun Inn, a short walk outside the town centre. This was an extremely welcoming establishment for dogs. When Chase tried to climb onto the seats, I discouraged him, but a staff member cheerfully gave permission for him to sit on the comfortable cushions.

The Old Sun Inn staff were happy for Chase to sit on their sofas

Walking in and Around Haworth

After we’d finished eating and drinking, it was time to take a walk. We were spoiled for choice, surrounded by so much Yorkshire countryside. Haworth is within a few miles of several impressive beauty spots, although you can enjoy plenty of good walking within the village too.

We chose to stroll around Penistone Hill Country Park. Although it is accessible by footpath from Haworth, we decided to drive to the park which took us down several narrow lanes.

Pennistone Hill County Park offers excellent views

The park is beautiful, with excellent views over rolling heather moorlands. The paths are well-maintained, but there is a lot of elevation in the area, so this may not be an ideal destination for less confident walkers.

Haworth, a Yorkshire Gem

Haworth is well worth a visit, whether you’re travelling with dogs or not. It’s beautiful to look at and fun to be in.  And if you’re a fan of British literature, it’s a must-visit for the Bronte connection.


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