Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a much-loved and classic Nineteenth Century novel, the roots of which are embedded deeply into the lands of the Peak District.
In 1845, Charlotte travelled by coach to a part of the Peak District that would influence her book tremendously, the village of Hathersage.
We are here to tell you which parts of the book you can still visit today, so you can lose yourself in a Charlotte Brontë’s world to a much greater extent!
First stop on the Jane Eyre walk of Hathersage is:
The George Hotel
After a long and weary stage coach trip up to the Peak District, Charlotte Bronte would have arrived at her final destonation- the George Hotel in Hathersage. This would have then been the local stage coach inn, the landlord of which at the time was Mr Morton. The name ‘Morton’ is one used by Charlotte, as this is the name of the village where Jane Eyre becomes a school teacher. It is interesting to wonder if Bronte had struck up a friendship with this landlord, or merely observed him, and decided to then include him in her next book!
It is possible for you to stay the night in the George Hotel, a perfect place for you to start your early morning walk through Hathersage!
North Lees Hall
This is known to have been the building that Charlotte Bronte based the “picturesque… gentleman’s manor house”, Thornfield on. And, yet again there is another level of influence in this part of the Peak District … this manor house was built by a one Robert Eyre, in the 1590s!
There is also an eerie local legend that is sworn by locals to be true; which is that the house was once inhabited by a hysterical woman named Agnes Ashurst, who was apparently imprisoned in the house and who died in a fire.
This is all sounding very familiar indeed…
It’s impossible to think of Jane Eyre without thinking about brooding moorland, and Stanage Edge is the perfect one to visit for a Bronte inspired walk! This is the place where, in the BBC series of Jane Eyre, she collapses after fleeing Thornfield. Such dramatic scene demands an equally dramatic backdrop after all!
Now, after you’ve filled your lungs with enough fresh moorland air, take the path to your right. Turn left out of the car park and then right onto the Hathersage road. After about 200 metres, take the path on your right. When you leave the moorland, turn right and continue down through a wooden then a metal gate and into the grounds of Moor-seats House. It does look very private but don’t fret, you’re free to explore on the public footpath!
And there we are, you’ve seen the sights that inspired Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre! For a slightly different route to walk around Hathersage to Stanage Edge, click here!
If you wanted to have a weekend away tucked up in the magical Peak District, here are a few nearby places to stay:
- Peak District Campers (for something a little different)!