Moor Fun: Jane Eyre Tours in Northern England
Period piece fanatics (myself included) are lining up for directorCary Joji Fukunaga’s critically acclaimed “Jane Eyre” movie, starring MiaWasikowska as the indomitable Jane and Michael Fassbender as her changeable Mr.Rochester.
Though the brooding, Gothic romance will undoubtedly sethearts aflutter (The ball gowns! The carriages! The Fassbender!), the thirdmember of this much-adapted love triangle will yet again take a back seat to dramaonscreen: Northern England’s rolling, wind-swept moors—an indelible inspirationbehind Charlotte Brontë’s original Jane Eyre, publishedin 1847, and her sister Emily’s WutheringHeights. If you’re looking to get a better view of the moors than thesweeping camera pan will give you, Wayfarers’s Brontë Trail is just the thing.
Theseven-day walking tour gets up close and personal with Yorkshire’s ruggedlandscape: visiting Haworth Village, where the Brontës lived; North Lees Hall in PeakNational Park, Charlotte’s real-life inspiration behind Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre; and touring the 12th century Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, which stars asThornfield in the 2011 film.
Guests will fully embrace the 19th century spiritwhile 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.