A ROMANTIC RIDE AT KEIGHLEY WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY

Although it has been 4 years however today when I just looked back at the pictures of that romantic trip of March 2012, I have become nostalgic.  What a lovely memory that was, I was just married and my wife accompanied me all the way from India to Leeds where I was working at Halifax Bank of Scotland.

I remember it was the 8th March 2012 and KWVR railway was offering an unique opportunity to explore the history of the railways and experience a really big, noisy adventure on The locomotive of 100 years old the proud Steam engine which is in stories now.

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Ready to board at Keighley Station

 

The Journey:

We were so thrilled of this special train ride that we just did not bother to plan well about where to start and what to do but if you plot your itinerary matching the timetable and the frequency of the train you will surely manage to see all the attractions. We just wanted to spend the time at the Bronte House; do you know about the famous story of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte?

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

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No 41241 arrived at Keighley under its own power in 1967 in good running order, having been in storage at Skipton shed since its earlier withdrawal from service.

A big whistle, and it started chuk chuk chuk… the big noisy vintage locomotive was now departing Keighley station. I still remember the sparkling eyes of my better half as it was certainly a very different experience in this amazing Private vintage carriage and off course a special treat.

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Private vintage carriage

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There is so much to explore across the Worth Valley and this train ride had made it very special that carried us along the picturesque line. Our first stop was at Ingrow wherein there are 2 museums that shows the history of the railways (1) The Ingrow Loco Museum and (2) Museum of rail travel.

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The Haworth:

We arrived at Haworth which sits on top of the hill. Our excitement just got doubled the moment we got out of the station looking at the cobbled street.

While walking holding hand of each other we felt the place is not less than a fancy Cinderella story. We were heading towards the Bronte Parsonage Museum. I can still feel the smell of fresh fries, those handmade luxurious chocolates. The well-marked signposts took us  straight to the Bronte house. However, if you just want to enjoy the fries / Tea/ or snacks then an array of places to eat and drink for you just to browse up and enjoy a lazy day.

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The Parsonage was home to the Brontë family from 1820 and is now a beautifully preserved museum. After learning about the famous writer Emily Bronte and the background story we moved on at the backyard which is the moorland, the place where the Bronte sisters used to sit and write.  And here you go, such a breathtaking view and one would wonder how is it still so unspoilt.

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the ruins of Top Withens (said to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights),

Thus, the picturesque village and the discovery of Haworth and Bronte Country has been a special romantic trip.

 

Thank you for your patience till this point.

Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” –Andrew Zimmern

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