Moor Fun: Jane Eyre Tours in Northern England
Period piece fanatics (myself included) are lining up for director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s critically acclaimed “Jane Eyre” movie, starring Mia Wasikowska as the indomitable Jane and Michael Fassbender as her changeable Mr. Rochester.
Though the brooding, Gothic romance will undoubtedly set hearts aflutter (The ball gowns! The carriages! The Fassbender!), the third member of this much-adapted love triangle will yet again take a back seat to drama onscreen: Northern England’s rolling, wind-swept moors—an indelible inspiration behind Charlotte Brontë’s original Jane Eyre, published in 1847, and her sister Emily’s Wuthering Heights. If you’re looking to get a better view of the moors than the sweeping camera pan will give you, Wayfarers’s Brontë Trail is just the thing.
The seven-day walking tour gets up close and personal with Yorkshire’s rugged landscape: visiting Haworth Village, where the Brontës lived; North Lees Hall in Peak National Park, Charlotte’s real-life inspiration behind Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre; and touring the 12th century Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, which stars as Thornfield in the 2011 film.
Guests will fully embrace the 19th century spirit while lodging in quaint country inns and dining at local pubs—including the 17th century Lord Nelson Inn, a favorite of Charlotte’s brother, Branwell.
Tours are offered the weeks of June 19-25 and August 21-27. (Wayfarers; 800/249-4620; thewayfarers.com; from $3,595, double occupancy).
Nina Fedrizzi is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.