The Slough of Despond was a bog in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, into which the hero Christian sinks under the weight of his sins and guilt. It was supposedly inspired by a real place near Bunyan's cottage in Harrowden, known at the time as Squitch Fen.
" and the moors seen at a distance, broken into cool dusky dells; but close by great swells of long grass undulating in waves to the breeze "
It is clear from the rapturous way in which Emily Brontë writes about the Yorkshire moors that she was very much in love with them. Her rich descriptions of the stunning scenery can perhaps be better understood after seeing more of the diverse and outstanding beauty the moors have to offer.