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In Jane Eyre's Footsteps Walk
Submitted To Cowlingweb By: Nicky Bunting - North Yorkshire County Council Countryside Ranger
Difficulty rating: Medium. There are few waymarks, you will need OS map South Pennines OL 21
Distance: Approx. 5 miles
Description: A circular walk through undulating countryside, with long distance views- & a Bronte connection. A nice autumn walk.
Accessible by public transport: An hourly bus between Keighley & Colne, alighting at Cock Hall, Cowling (5 min walk to start of route).
Parking: Outside Holy Trinity Church, Gill Lane, Cowling. Grid Ref SD 967 430.
Walk map: In Jane Eyre's Footsteps Walk Map
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Walk Map
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Walk Description
1) Go through the hand gate at the side of the churchyard & follow the track to a farm building.
2) Turn left over a timber stile & follow the wall to a stone stile in the field corner.
3) Bear half right down to the beck, then right & follow the beck.
4) At a stone gatepost with a round hole in it, turn left, down a bank to a footbridge.
5) Cross the bridge, turn right, & follow the beck to a large footbridge.
6) Don’t cross here, but turn left & follow the track, known as Donkey Lane, uphill. Follow the track, now tarmaced, until you meet a rd
7) Turn left & follow the rd uphill.
8) Just after the entrance to ‘Dairy House’, turn right down an unsigned track running between a wall & a hedge.
9) Follow the track downhill, over a lane, then a footbridge, then uphill to the first property on the left.
10) Turn left by the cattle grid, through the middle of the buildings, between a pair of short stone gate posts, & through a gap in a beech hedge, to a stile.
11) Turn right to the top of the field, then left & follow the wall, via a stile, to a narrow strip of woodland.
12) Turn right then immediately left, over 2 stiles, & walk along the top of the wood.
13) At the end of the wood, turn left at the stone gate posts, & follow the track between the field & the wood. See if you can spot the sweet chestnut trees.
14) At the second ‘ditch’, bear half-right, towards a white house a couple of fields away. Go downhill to a clump of holly, & across a footbridge.
15) Bear half-right to a stile on top of a bank. Then straight on & through another stile. Look back for a stunning view of Stone Gappe.
Charlotte Bronte worked here as a governess. Stone Gappe may have been the inspiration for Gateshead Hall in her novel, ‘Jane Eyre’. Its very likely she walked down here, maybe with her young charges.
16) Bear half-right to the field corner, & over 2 stiles to meet a track. Turn left & follow the track to the lane.
17) Turn right & follow the quiet lane all the way to the T-junction at Cowling Hill.
18) Turn right & almost immediately left, up a bank to a stile signposted ‘Pennine Way’.
19) Go downhill, keeping to the edge of the field, & over a stile. Then straight on, & to the right-hand side of the old farm house.
20) Go through a stile next to a Pennine Way signpost, round to the front of the farmhouse, then straight on downhill towards a field gate.
21) Cross the stile next to the field gate, turn left,, over a stile & turn right. Walk down the side of the field & over another stile.
22) Go straight on downhill, over 2 stiles until you get to a Pennine Way signpost. On your right are the ruins of Higher Gill Bottom Mill.
23) Go through the small gate next to the signpost, turn left & follow the track to the rd.
24) Turn right, over the arched stone bridge, up the hill to the T-junction. Turn left & follow the lane back to the church at the start of the route.
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