Rocking in Brontë Country: Penistone Hill Geology Trail

Quarries that supplied the stone for the Brontës’ Haworth were brought to life through a new guide and sculptures as part of the Watershed Landscape Project managed by Pennine Prospects.

Quarries may not seem like the place to spend a summers afternoon but those above Haworth contain a wealth of stories told in stone: there are the fossils of plants from 315 million years ago, there are the marks of ‘plugs’ and ‘feathers’ that quarrymen used to break large stone into smaller blocks, and now there are the beautifully crafted sculptures by local sculptor Stevan Tica. 

These contemporary stone sculptures help interpret how this landscape was created in the carboniferous period but also how man has exploited the materials of the landscape in the more recent past, creating the quarries we see today.

It seems incredible that this Country Park was the site of a major industry that not only changed the landscape of the South Pennines but built our towns and cities Geologist Alison Tymon of the West Yorkshire Geology Trust has helped to tell this fascinating story through guided walks and a new guide to the geology of Penistone Hill Country Park, available from Haworth Tourist Information Centre.

Rick Hill, Countryside Officer with the Countryside Service of the City of Bradford Council who manages the site explains more about the new sculptures: 'We chose different aspects of the lives of the quarrymen’s to show the techniques of splitting stone – as a reminder that our country park was built on the back of their labours.....We are really grateful for the assistance of local quarry, Bingley Stone for donating this stone.'