Situated in the Pennines, Oxenhope is a little village in Yorkshire and in the heart of Bronte Country. Oxenhope village is the terminus for the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a steam railway that runs along the valley to Keighley via Howarth on weekends and holidays. Steam engines were the revolutionary form of transportation introduced in the Victorian era and the first significant means of bulk on-land transportation. The chance to take a ride on one of these is second to none, a real journey back in time and a completely different experience from high speed modern trains.
It is in fact possible to take the steam train from Oxenhope to Haworth, the home village of the Bronte's. Once in Howarth visitors can look around the Bronte's home town and visit the parsonage where they lived. Oxenhope also offers its own bit of Bronte history though. It was Patrick Bronte (father of Charlotte, Anne and Emily) who raised the funds to build the local parish church, St Mary the Virgin Church, in Oxenhope. After being appointed curate of Oxenhope village parish, Patrick Bronte worked tirelessly to raise the funds to build this church, until in 1849, the year that Anne died and when the foundation stone was laid.