Wycoller is a sleepy hamlet about three miles away from Coldwell Activity Centre. The village dates back to before the 10th century BC, and central to the village are the atmospheric ruins of Wycoller Hall, believed to be the ‘Ferndean Manor’ in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jayne Eyre. The Bronte way passes through here, leading to the Bronte sisters’ home in nearby Haworth, which is also well worth a visit. The village is a conservation area, and is closed to outside traffic. There is a car park on Trawden Road and another on the east side of the village opposite Height Laithe Farm on the road towards Haworth, and a public footpath takes you into the village. For those with a disable badge there is access by car into the village.
Various ancient bridges cross Wycoller beck, which in summer is ideal for children to paddle in, including ‘Pack-Horse Bridge’, a twin arched bridge in the centre of the village, ‘Clapper Bridge’ and ‘Clam Bridge’. The last is believed to be of Neolithic origin (at least, over 1,000 years old) and is listed as an ancient monument. It consists of just a long stone laid across the river. It was damaged by floods in 1989–90, though has now been repaired.
There are two old converted barns in the village which are now information centres, a lovely cafe overlooking the beck serving delicious homemade food and selling local crafts and artwork. A large duckpond is next to Wycoller hall and there is even a willow trail which meanders along the river.
From the duckpond there is a footpath (fairly steep) which takes you up to ‘the Atom’ a local tourist attraction which gives superb views of the whole valley.
Coldwell can provide orienteering maps for Wycoller, ideal for exploring the area and having fun at the same time!