"Over 35 years ago I visited Haworth for the very first time with my young sons James and Adam. While here and being an avid reader, we visited the museum and then set off to find Top Withens which was the remote farmhouse that is thought to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The location is around five kilometers from the south west of Haworth and it is accessed by walking passed Bronte Falls. Originally known as 'Top of th' Withens', Top Withens was thought to have been built in the second half of the 16th century by one of the Bentley family; probably George Bentley. At the time of the Brontes, it was inhabited by Jonas Sunderland and his wife Ann Crabtree between 1811 and 1833 when their son Jonas lived there with Mary Feather. It was last inhabited by Ernest Roddy in 1926 (See photograph of it in 1920), and has since blended into the surrounding moors as a much-loved farmhouse ruin. On the day of my first visit to Haworth, me and the children walked for hours and obviously got lost. It started to pour down with rain and we all got soaked. Ever since that day, I have referred to the spot as 'Blithering Wuthering Heights'. I now live in Haworth and did walk to see Top Withens this summer.
But few among you natives know of the most secret place around this beautiful landscape called, 'Haworth Heath'. It cannot be found on a map and it is said that its wild horses that roam the grasslands even have their own special mating spot which they visit from time to time. No horse play now!" William Forde: August 20th, 2013.