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Haworth - Lake District day trip?

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Hi! I posted a month or so ago about a trip to "Literary England" and the forum members were so helpful I thought I'd try again.

From over here in the US, without much experience traveling around England, train travel in England is hard to figure out! I know that the only way to get to Haworth via public transport is to go to Leeds, then Keighley to Haworth. We are going to spend several days in the Lake District and then several days in London, visiting Haworth in between. We were thinking of spending the night in Haworth. But now I'm re-thinking it, because I don't think we'll be able to get a B&B for one night in May on the weekend (which is, unfortunately, the way it would time out). We could probably get a hotel for the night in Leeds, though.

So my questions are:

1. Would it be better to do a day trip to Haworth from the Lake District (specifically Grasmere), or to spend the night either in Haworth or Leeds?

2. If it's better to do a day trip, would this be a huge hassle via public transport? (My guess is yes -- it looks like we would have to get to Windermere, then Leeds (switching in Manchester), then Keighley, then Haworth.) It looks like the train would take 3 hours just from Windermere to Leeds, and maybe another hour to Haworth. Is that right? Is it true that it would only take 2 - 2.5 hours by car?

Side note: I was excited to take the steam train, but it turns out the weekend we'll be there is a diesel gala and they're not running steam trains, so there's even less of an attraction in Haworth. I am NOT willing to give up seeing the Bronte Parsonage -- it is the thing I am MOST excited to do on this trip -- but I have heard that Haworth is not super exciting and can be done in a day trip. It's just that usually people talk about it as a day trip from York, not Windermere! I would love to go to York, but I am trying not to add more to our itinerary, as I tend to try to pack too much in.

For reference, here's our current itinerary (which would change a little if we did a day trip instead of an overnight to Haworth):

May 22 arrive in London, go directly to Lake District (Grasmere)
May 23 LD
May 24 LD
May 25 LD
May 26 LD in morning, travel to Leeds or Haworth to spend the night
May 27 Haworth, travel to London in the evening
May 28 London (seeing the big sights)
May 29 day trip to Winchester/Chawton
May 30 London (to see some of the minor sights)
May 31 day trip to Rochester and Broadstairs
June 1-sadly leave for home

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