Soundlandscape: Listeners’ Guide


Soundlandscape: The Wild Hauntings on the Moor is a self-guided theatrical audio experience.

The performances have been designed to be experienced while following the suggested route, but it can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Here’s some guidance for you to help ensure you have the best experience:

To take part you will need:

  • a portable device that can play an audio track
  • a pair of headphones*

*If you do not have your own headphones, you can borrow a pair from The Grove Bookshop (in Ilkley) or the Brontë Parsonage Museum shop (in Haworth) during their opening hours. A small deposit will be required which will be refunded when the headphones are returned.

To access the audio download:

Book online at (Ilkley 1973: Shadows on Shadows) or (Haworth 1823: A Dream of Death) for the performance you wish to experience.

You will receive an email confirmation within a few minutes containing instructions on how to download the audio file onto your phone or tablet.

  • If you are planning to walk the route, you MUST download the audio file and route map BEFORE you set out. There is very little internet connectivity available on the moors!
  • Make sure your device is fully charged.

In your email confirmation, you will receive a link to a webpage with access to the audio file. You will be given a choice of which platform you wish to use to listen to the audio file. Once you have selected the platform you wish to use to listen to the audio file, please make sure you download the audio before you go onto the moors.

Find out how to listen offline without an internet connection below:
– Listen offline on Spotify
– Listen offline on Apple Podcasts
– Listen offline on Amazon Music
– Listen offline on Google Podcasts
– Listen offline on Overcast
– Listen offline on Castbox
– Listen offline on YouTube Music

Haven’t received the link to the audio? Check your email confirmation! It should look something like this:

We recommend choosing ‘Download directly to your device.’ This way, you can save the audio to a location on your phone and play the audio at your leisure.

Info for Ilkley ‘Shadows on Shadows’

Walking the route

  • The route is across moorland and includes steep gradients and areas of very uneven and rocky ground. You will need a moderate to high level of fitness to follow the route beyond White Wells.
  • The route begins at White Wells Car Park.
    Postcode: LS29 9JS
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  • The audio performance lasts approximately 45 mins. The suggested route finishes in the middle of the moorland. Make sure you allow sufficient time to retrace your steps to the car park (approximately 1 ½ hours in total), or more if you choose to explore further after the performance has ended.
  • Feel free to stop walking at any point if the route becomes too challenging for you. You can continue listening to the audio performance without any detriment to the experience. Your safety and comfort while listening is much more important than following the entirety of the suggested route.
  • The route is not accessible for wheelchairs or mobility vehicles.
  • Please wear appropriate outdoor clothes for the weather and sturdy footwear. The weather can change quickly on the moors so be prepared for all eventualities.
  • Make sure you take water and sunscreen even on cool and cloudy days.
  • Please stay aware of your surroundings and prioritise your safety and those of your party.
  • Do not attempt the route in the dark or in low visibility conditions.
  • Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.

Route map

Pacing your walk

  • Walk s-l-o-w-l-y. The performance is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, taking in the sights and smells of the moors.
  • On the Ilkley route, linger a while at White Wells viewing terrace and again at the four benches above and behind the historic building for the best experience of the audio performance. You will gently be urged on by the narrator when the time is right to continue onward.

Dogs on the moor

Experience at home

If you aren’t able to experience Soundlandscape in the outdoors at Ilkley and Haworth, you can still immerse yourself in the performances from the comfort of your own home. There are videos of both routes available to view alongside the audio. You will be sent information on how and where to access the videos in your booking confirmation email.

Thank you to our funders

This commission has been made possible by support from Arts Council England and Ilkley Town Council.

Arts Council England