Having stayed the night in Leeds thanks to the kindness of my sister, I set off for Thornton after a welcome lie-in, considering the 12-and-a-half mile walk was one of the shortest of my journey!
I must, however, have been slightly befuddled in the earlier part of the day, as I became convinced that the walk was still shorter.
Upon noticing that the distance was actually printed on the top of my map…
However, after my initial confusion wore off, I enjoyed a sunny and leisurely walk from Leeds, through Bradford and on to Thornton. The shorter distance allowed me to take regular breaks and look around at the landmarks scattered throughout West Yorkshire – each a homage to rich industrial history.
Got to love a “dark, satanic mill”!
I arrived in Thornton hours ahead of schedule and used the time to have a good look around the lovely village.
Naturally, we had to drop in on the Brontë birthplace (pictured top), now a superb coffee shop called Emily’s, which is decorated to retain the rustic feel of the place and displays artwork inspired by the family. A lovely touch is that graffiti is not only permitted but encouraged on the loo wall. A previous occupier had chosen a quote that I, in particular, appreciated:
Emily’s also boasts THE fireplace before which Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne were born:
After an utterly fabulous pot of Desi Masala tea and an Italian-inspired Ploughman’s lunch, we headed down to the old ruined chapel where Patrick once preached, and in which the four younger Brontës were christened.
Finally, we made our way up to the extremely accommodating New Inn. The pub had a great feel and is well laid-out for events. They were setting up for a big event on Saturday, which will feature local ales, live music and family activities, but the staff still gave up their time to help arrange the room and make us feel at home.
The readings went extremely well, and it was great to have the buzz of a busy bar accompanying them. All in all, a really lovely day!
We’re down to our last few events, though do watch this space for anything that may pop up in the future! Please do watch our trailer and check out further details here:
Here’s where I’ll be for the final few days:
Cobbles and Clay, Haworth – Friday 26th June – 18:00pm
Sowerby Bridge Library, Sowerby Bridge – Saturday 27th June – 14:00pm
The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford – Wednesday 8th July – 7:30pm
Pleas e do come along and/or spread the word!
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