About Us

Brontë Walks was started by Johnnie Briggs in 2009 and since then it has grown into a tour company that works across Yorkshire.

We, my associates and I, understand that to add value to a holiday requires a light touch with words and a genuine love of people.  We are story tellers and we have a solid background in history, literature, the arts and geography.

The Blue Badge

This is currently the highest qualification awarded by the Institute for Tourist Guides working in Britain.  It allows me membership of both the Institute of Tourist Guides and the British Guild of Tourist Guides.  I happy to say that I achieved my Blue Badge for Yorkshire in 2016.

Johnnie Briggs

Johnnie BriggsMy love for Yorkshire comes from a sense of belonging and family history.  Although I was born in exile in Birkenhead, which is across the River Mersey from Liverpool, I have always felt that the landscape of the Pennine heather moorlands is the one I feel most at home in.  My mother’s family were born here and they lived their lives on the moors working as hill farmers, stonecutters or mill workers in Keighley.  On returning from the First World War my grandfather worked as a labourer on the Lower Laithe Reservoir, while my grandmother, for a short time, was the licensee of the Friendly Inn in Stanbury.

I developed my love of the Brontës through visiting the Parsonage Museuem’s library and reading the letters of Patrick and Charlotte.  This found resonance with my love of social history; I found that I wanted to know more about their story, the times they lived in, the Haworth they inhabited, their dreams and aspirations.

My background includes Youth and Community Work, Adult Education, the arts as a way for communities to explore their own voices and strength.  My teaching qualification, PGCE, is in Higher Education and my degree is from the School of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. I also hold a certificate and diploma in Management Studies from Bradford University and my Youth and Community Work qualification is from the University of Manchester.

Leri Morgan-Wynne

Leri Wynne-MorganI am a primary school teacher, originally from Oxford, but have been living in Yorkshire for 23 years. I love walking on the moors around my home and further afield.

My father, the Rev Dr John Morgan-Wynne is a Baptist Minister and a New Testament Scholar, he was the Dean of Regent’s College Oxford. Dr John is also a keen bird watcher and has passed on his enthusiasm to me, although not quite yet all his expertise! I also enjoy open water swimming and discovering new places to have a quick dip.

I really enjoy leading groups up onto the moors, in the Dales or along Yorkshire’s coastal paths.  It is lovely to meet people from around the world, it is one of the delights of working with Brontë Walks.

Lemony the working cockerI have recently got a puppy, Lemony, a working cocker spaniel, who has just accompanied us on her first walk for Brontë Walks! This was with an American High School from Tamper Bay, Florida.  For those who enjoy the company of an energetic, yet well behaved, dog, then Lemony can join us on our walk.

Rachel Upton

Rachel UptonI was born in Keighley and I grew up walking the Haworth Moors with my parents and brother.  Funnily enough my father is an Anglican Priest and now, when I walk the moors with my three daughters, I often find myself smiling as I share the paths with those the Brontë family walked.

I have been a teacher for nearly twenty years and love sharing this wonderful landscape with individuals and groups.  I delight in learning all that this magnificent landscape shares with us, especially the delights of sphagnum moss.

I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world and it is such a pleasure to share their enjoyment of the moors.

‘Just a note from all of your new Irish fans to say a big thank you for making our Haworth trip last week highly memorable.  Apart from the 60th birthday surprise for Ann the universal feedback from all concerned was real delight regardless of the fact that some of us were already Brontë enthusiasts while others were relatively new believers. The Brontë story was so well told while it was utterly engaging and brought the whole experience to life in a really unexpected way.

The hike across the moor was the icing on the cake and the fact that that weather stayed kind was a major bonus.  From all of us a big thank you to you both for your welcome and your knowledge which was so enjoyable.  Attached are a few photographs which might be useful for uploading to your website with Rachel looking particularly well at the top of the Moor. We’ll highly recommend your services to anyone who asks’.

Rachel and some visitors

Charities

In memory of Patrick Brontë and his work bringing clean water and education to Haworth, Brontë Walks are happy to promote the work of:

Water Aid

WaterAid logo

It is hard to believe that there are many people who live in our world with no clean water to drink and no way of safely managing human waste.  Water Aid is one of many charities who are working to change this by working with small communities to build and maintain their own water supplies and toilets.

The Book Bus

THe Book Bus

This does what it says. They take books to children in areas of the world where books are hard to find.  More than this is, The Book Bus provides the resources and support to those communities to help them build their libraries.

This brilliant logo was drawn specially for The Book Bus by Sir Quentin Blake,  He was a great friend of Roald Dahl, you may recogonise him from his illustrations of those wonderful books.