There are lots of shops selling local produce and Ilkley's pubs are known for their real ale.
There's also some excellent events in Ilkley, including the Ilkley Literature Festival , the Bronte Festival of Women's Writing, Haworth Arts Festival, the Ilkley Art Trail and the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.
There are several historical events in the area, including a Forties Weekend in Haworth.
Bronte pilgrims explore the countryside surrounding the village as a way of learning more about the landscapes that inspired the writers' work.
Haworth Moor and a ruined farmhouse are thought to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
Outdoor theatre is available at East Riddlesden Hall (National Trust) in Keighley.
Few authors are as closely connected with their local area as Thomas Hardy is with Dorset.Almost half of Dorset's countryside is designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.It has the highest number of conservation areas in England and is home to five per cent of England's protected ancient monuments.Cheshire is full of delightful market towns and lovely villages.Stroll around medieval Nantwich, visit the lively market town of Knutsford for independent shops and quirky architecture, delve into Macclesfield to discover its rich textile heritage.You can even see eagles fly at Blakemere Craft Centre.