Charlotte Bronte in the Peak District
Join us as we explore the historic Peak District village of Hathersage and its fascinating links to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Bronte visited Hathersage in 1845 and it clearly made a lasting impression on her, providing inspiration for a variety of locations in her novel, Jane Eyre, first published in 1847.
Our walk will take us to the inn where Charlotte Bronte first arrived in the village, and then to the impressive North Lees Hall, which became the template for Mr Rochester’s ‘Thornfield Hall’. We shall also see the buildings that became ‘Moor House’ and ‘Vale Hall’ in the novel, as well as exploring the surrounding moorland. En route, we will learn a little about the history of the real Eyre family who lived in the Hope Valley. From our moorland vantage poin, we will look across to Stanage Edge where Keira Knightley famously surveyed the landscape in her role as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. As we explore our route and its literary connections, we will also uncover legends about Robin Hood and Little John. To get the most out of the walk, why not read or listen to Jane Eyre before you visit?
We are delighted to have Alison Binney with us to explore the literary connections in and around Hathersage. Alison has taught English in comprehensive schools for over twenty years, and also teaches adults on the PGCE English Course at the University of Cambridge. She is a published poet, with poems having appeared in The North, Magma, Under the Radar, The Fenland Reed and Mslexia. She runs regular creative writing workshops as part of the National Writing Project, and is also a keen walker.
Grade: This half day walk is around 5 miles on good footpaths. There is one steepish ascent and descent which we will take at a leisurely pace.
Feedback from 4 May 2019:
“The leading of the walk and the quality of research was top notch. The group was warm and welcoming, and the organisation was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend this type of event to friends, and will definitely consider going on future events with Her on a Hill.” Jan
“It was perfect in terms of the balance of walking and stopping for readings. The summary of the book at the beginning was helpful, I might have been lost without that. The readings were fabulous. It’s very relaxing to be read to and they perfectly matched the settings each time. It’s reawakened my love of the works of the Brontë sisters & Jane Austen so I’ve been doing some research into their books. A trip down memory lane!” Rosie
“The walk definitely met my expectations and probably actually exceeded them! It was a great mix of a lovely walk, facts about Charlotte and ‘Jane Eyre’, and excerpts from the novel. I think it was all pitched at the correct length and tone…. I enjoyed seeing North Lees Hall the most. Although I have seen it before it was nice to have the book’s description of Mr Rochester’s Thornfield Hall read out in front of the actual building that inspired it.” Gemma