Join us for our summer hostel weekend as we head to the village of Haworth at the edge of the Pennine moors in West Yorkshire.
This is a social and walking weekend and there is plenty else to do in Haworth, such as visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum, or ride on the historic steam trains through the Worth Valley.
If you’ve never been on a Spice weekend before give it a go - you might need a week to recover but we're sure you'll think it’s worth it. If you have been before you’ll know how popular they are!
Included in the weekend are one cooked breakfast, one continental breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals. Help with cooking breakfasts and the cleaning up is as always very much welcomed. There will be two optional guided walks with Alan across the weekend too.
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Included is a cooked breakfast on Saturday morning and a continental breakfast on Sunday morning. We'll bring supplies for you to make a packed lunch each day. We'll go out for dinner at the nearby Bronte Hotel on the Friday night and eat in the hostel on Saturday night.
The meal on Friday will be two courses, main and dessert, and we will contact you with the menu and ask for your order ahead of the weekend.
Walk leader is Alan Thompson
Haworth is a large village near Keighley and on the edge of the Pennine moors. The village is almost synonymous with the Brontë family and you can visit St Michael and All Angels' Church where Patrick Brontë preached and most of the family are buried.
Nearby is their historic home, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which is open from 10am until 5pm each day (last admission at 4pm). Admission is £12, or £10 if you are aged 65 or more, or £7.50 with a blue light card.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway was a branch line that operated from 1867 until it closed in 1962. Six years later, volunteers reopened it as a heritage railway line, which now operates a steam service each weekend to the local villages, including Haworth. The Haworth station is just half a mile from our hostel. The railway was famously used for the 1970 film, The Railway Children.
A day rover ticket allows you to travel the line all day and costs £20 if bought on the day, or £17 if bought online at least three days in advance, with a further reduction if you are lucky enough to be aged 65 or more.
Haworth has lots of welcoming pubs, cafes, and small independent gift shops, vintage shops and boutiques to browse.
It's easy to walk from Haworth onto the moors that inspired Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
YHA Haworth is a Victorian Gothic Mansion that was built as the family home of a local mill owner. Inside the building the sweeping staircase, ornate painted glass, richly carved oak and plaster friezes hint at the building’s opulent past.
The accommodation is mainly in dormitories sleeping between four and eight guests, and mostly in bunk beds with individual lighting. Most rooms have a washbasin in the room and shared showers and toilets are nearby. We have a couple of two bedded rooms available for couples.
Rooms are generally allocated on a first come first served basis however we are unable to commit to you getting the room of your choice as it very much depends upon the male/female split on the weekend.
Bedding is provided but please bring your own towel.
Downstairs there is dining room, a lounge and a games room, and in the basement is a well-equipped self-catering kitchen and a washing room.
The hostel is set in almost an acre of grounds, and outside is mostly laid to lawn on two levels. Five six-seat picnic tables with attached benches are available for guests to use in the garden, which may be popular at this time of year.
There is a cycle shed approximately 50 metres from main entrance in an out-building.
For those needing to keep in touch with the outside world there is mobile phone coverage on most networks and also Wi-Fi in the communal areas on the ground floor.
The itinerary for the weekend will be weather dependent and also depends on just what people want to do. Alan will be leading walks on both Saturday and Sunday. There is great cycling in the area as well as the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, the Brontë Parsonage Museum, plenty of craft shops, pubs and tea shops.
Bring casual indoor and suitable outdoor clothing and dress for the weather.
Bring your own towel and wash kit.
There is a bike shed if you wish to bring your bike.
Haworth lies by the Pennine Moors to the west of Bradford and just off the main A629 road between Halifax and Keighley. It has a good sized car park that should be able to accommodate most of our vehicles, and if we do fill it, there is unrestricted on street parking nearby.
The nearest mainline railway station is 3.3 miles away at Keighley. From there you could take a taxi to the hostel, or walk the short distance to Keighley's bus station and take the Bronte Bus (B1, B2 or B3) which runs around every 20 minutes and takes less than ten minutes to the Lees Lane Lawcliffe Lane stop, which is near the end of the hostel's road. Returning home on Sunday, you would have the additional option of taking the heritage railway service from Haworth directly to Keighley railway station.
Please try to arrive by 7pm at the latest as we are eating out nearby at 7:30pm on the Friday.
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