A Trawden & Wycoller Walk inspired by the Brontes.

Although the literary Bronte family lived in Haworth in Yorkshire, it was not uncommon for the siblings to walk over the Pennine moors to the secluded hamlet of Wycoller

in Lancashire. As Sunday promised some rare dry weather ,we headed to the village of Trawden for a Circular Walk that takes in some of the rugged Pendle countryside that may have inspired their writings.

The ruins of Wycollar Hall.

The walk starts from the Trawden Arms in the village,so we found some roadside parking nearby. We then made our way up some old tram tracks to the right of the pub, crossed a main road and then followed a route through many boggy fields, moorland and woodland. It was very wet under foot, but there was lots to see. We passed several farms and smallholdings around Trawden, home to various pets and livestock.

Trawden Arms Pub.
What Ewe Lookin At? ~ my go to caption for sheep.
Cuddly Llamas.
Collie guard.
The grass is always greener…
Donkey duo.

We followed Trawden Brook up to Lumb Spout , once a popular Victorian beauty spot.

If nothing else, 2020 has been my year for finding Waxcaps.
Not the best photo of Lumb Spout.

The route then follows the Pennine National Bridleway Trail over moorland for a way. I saw a couple of stonechat but didn’t manage to get a photo. The skies were big and the ground was sodden.

Eventually we found outselves off the rugged moors and entering the serene Wycoller Country Park with its greenery, woodland, winding brook and stone bridges.

Stone Clapper Bridge.
A bracket fungi.

Wycoller is a former handloom weaving settlement, the villagers took their cloth to the drying ground above Wycoller Hall. Folk moved away to find jobs after the introduction of the powerloom in Lancashire’s industrial towns.

The Bronte sisters visited Wycoller and it is said that in Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre , the hall was her inspiration for Ferndean Manor where Mr Rochester lived.

Wycoller Hall.

We ate our sandwiches here and set off to continue our walk back to Trawden, totally forgetting to go and see The Atom Panopticon sculpture which is a short stroll away. Oh well, a reason to return!

Wycoller Moggie.
A pulpit style.
Trumpet Lichen.
Pendle Hill view ~ Pendle always seems to sneek into view on our walks.
A farm cottage toward the end of our hike.

All in all this walk was about six miles long, though at quite a slow pace because of all the mud. Unlike the Bronte sisters we didn’t need to wander the soggy terrain in long gowns and petticoats! I wonder if any of the siblings ever did catch a glimpse of Pendle Hill ? It would be nice to think so….


32 thoughts on “A Trawden & Wycoller Walk inspired by the Brontes.”

  1. You certainly saw plenty of animals on this walk – the Wycollar moggie looks a bit grumpy though 🙂 Great photos, I like the Pendle Hill view and the shot of Wycollar Hall above the moggie 🙂

    I’d be interested in your opinion of the Atom if you ever get to it. To be honest I think it looks ugly and I certainly wouldn’t drive all that way purposely to see it, plus some of the Tripadvisor reviews don’t rate it much 😦

      1. Apparently it’s been vandalised and the bit in the centre which ‘made’ the sculpture is no longer there so it’s just an egg-shaped concrete construction with holes in the side, also according to some people it’s full of graffiti and stinks of pee 😦 😦 Personally I don’t see the point of going inside to look at the views through a hole when you can see the views from outside anyway. I suppose a photo of the general view with the Atom in one corner might be okay. I still have to get to the Halo yet, the Atom was going to complete the four but after reading the reviews I won’t be bothering 😦

      2. I liked the Halo. Only seen it in the daytime, never at night when it is lit up apparently. As for the atom, I would definitely hunt it out if we go to Wycoller again, just for curiosity value. X

    1. Looks like I’ve liked that post of yours, think you have been everywhere in Lancashire now. 🙂
      The fireplace is certainly big enough to sleep in!

  2. Lovely walk Sharon & although we’ve been to both Haworth & Trawden, we’ve not managed to get to Wycoller & just maybe one day if we are able to ever travel again. Love the donkeys & Hugo lying exhausted among the leaves. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

    1. Thanks Christine. Think we are staying at home this weekend so I might have a mooch round the castle with my camera. Hey you must be glad you are in tier 2 now, lucky you, and well deserved.X

  3. Looks like a walk to add to the never ending list 😊I used to go up to Colne very regularly at one time with work. Always thought I should go up to take a look at Wycoller but not found the time. Certainly looks like an interesting village

      1. As horizons are limited at the moment I’ve been watching some videos of walks on YouTube. I saw one a few days of a walk up Lad Law from Trawden. Definitely bears out your comment.

      1. Next time you’re in Wycoller look out for a derelict building that was used more recently as a pig-sty! Long before that it was the blacksmiths home!

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