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Brontë Walks was started by Johnnie Briggs in 2009.

Johnnie Briggs

My love for this landscape comes from a sense of belonging and family history.  Although I was born in exile, I have now come home to, in my mind, the most beautiful of the Pennine valleys… that of the River Worth.

My Mother’s family were born here and they lived their lives on the moors, working as stonecutters or hill farmers.  On returning from the First World War my grandfather worked as a labourer on the Lower Laithe Reservoir, while my grandmother, for a short while, was the licensee of The Friendly Inn at Stanbury.  

The Brontës

I developed my interest in the Brontës through visiting the Parsonage Library and reading Patrick’s letters. I found that I wanted to know more about them, their lives, the Haworth they inhabited and their dreams and aspirations.

The Worth Valley

I love exploring this landscape, there are so many stories to discover, so many trails to wander. Brontë Walks is a way of sharing these stories with you and helping you to make the most of your visit, your holiday and your adventure.


Leri Morgan-Wynne is a Primary School Teacher who has a wonderful way with people and loves to run, cycle and swim in open water.  

Chris Upton loves to cycle and can be found exploring the bridlepaths on his mountain bike, or travelling around the area on his recumbant. 

Special thanks to

Haworth Village Website for the use of their images
John Sargent and Keith Holmes for the use of their images
Steve Moran for the design of the Brontë Walks website


Portfolio of clients from 2010 and 2011 


Welcome to Yorkshire and Visit England:
Journalists and Travel Writers

Annette Schmiede and Jonny Rieder the editior and a journalist for the German magazine ‘Freundin’ and ‘Freundin Donna’, September 2010
Lorena Diaz, the Editor of the Spanish magazine ‘Hola’, October 2010
Jerome Bin for the French magazine ‘Pleine Vie’, March 2011
Gretchen Kelly, working for the ‘New York Post’ and, March 2011
Dr Aida Levitan, ‘El Nuevo Herald’, April 2011
Liz Fleming, ‘Toronto Star’, May 2011
Dea Birkett, working for the ‘Mail on Sunday’, October 2011
Evelien Baks and her husband from the Dutch newspaper ‘Algemeen Dagblad’, in November 2011
Ms Linda Korsten and Marco Mulders from ‘Trouw’, the National Daily newspaper in the Netherlands, November 2011


Films and Broadcasters

Ms Raquel Quelart, working for ‘La Vanguardia’, Catalonia’s Daily Paper, making short on-line travel journals for the newspaper, November 2011

Classical Destinations: Aled Jones’s Ultimate Travel Guide to Classical Music. Directed by Peter Beveridge, this episode was based on Delius’s birthplace, Bradford, May 2011


Individual Clients

Yenn Leuven: The Belgium Story Teller and Guide… “Strolling with Yenn’s”
Jolien Janzing: Novelist 
Mars, Weir: guests of The Goring Hotel, September 2010
Daphne Merkin: Journalist, columnist and critic for the ‘New York Times’, January 2012


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