Bronte Country Delights: Damems

Damems is a Bronte Country village in West Yorkshire, near the town of Keighley. Its claim to fame is having the smallest railway station in Britain. Damems Railway Station is part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway heritage line and what a pretty and immaculately maintained station it is. Gas-lit and with lovely floral arrangements, it truly looks like something from the bygone days of regular steam-powered travel.

You can get tickets for the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, stopping off at any of the stations on the route, which runs from Keighley to Oxenhope. Events and tours make this scenic railway a vibrant concern, and you can buy memorabilia from yesteryear as a souvenir. Dining on a restored 1930s Pullman coach is one of the special experiences offered to visitors.

Bronte Country is so called because of its associations with the Bronte family, especially the three novelist sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne. Walking over the wild moors when holidaying in Damems is thrilling, just as the sisters did, often getting inspiration for their stories. A day spent in Haworth brings the chance to see the Bronte Parsonage Museum, the former family home and where so many of the famous novels were realized. As for the village itself, it’s a charming place with cobbled streets, independent shops and cosy tea rooms. This landscape is dotted with various Bronte landmarks of note, where the sisters visited, often introducing certain buildings and scenery into their works of fiction.