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Lavender hike in Hampshire - 11 miles (17 km)

The lavender season is from the end of June till the beginning of August. Walking through purple lavender fields is so beautiful and relaxing that we just cannot miss the opportunity to combine a hike with a visit to a lavender farm in beautiful Hampshire. 

The lavender farm that we're going to visit has been growing lavender for 10 years. I've timed our visit with an open day of the farm where we can visit the lavender and wild flower fields, enjoy talks about lavender, feast on ploughmans lunches and cream teas, see rural crafts, etc, etc. The farm also operates a lavender shop, where you can buy lavender oils, cosmetics, dried flowers and similar items.

However, please be warned that it is still a proper hike of about 11 miles (17 km). Our hike will start and end in Alton in Hampshire. We will be hiking across wide upland fields, forests and hangers (woods covering hill sides), as well as visiting the small villages of East Worldham and Lower Farringdon. 

The area is actually Jane Austen area, who lived and wrote in the area until her early death, but because of our visit to the lavender farm, we won't be able to visit any of the sights related to this famous author. 

We will take the 09:07 train from London Waterloo, arriving in Alton at 10:31. We will arrive at the lavender farm at about 13:30, where we will have plenty of time for having lunch and seeing, smelling and buying lavender. We might also be able to join a tour of the lavender fields. The farm will offer food and cream teas (details closer to the date). Refreshed, happy and good smelling we will set off for the final leg of our hike, which will bring us back to Alton via Lower Farringdon. We should arrive in Alton at around 17:30, from where you can either head straight back to Waterloo, arriving between 19:30 and 20:00 or join us in a pub for a pint or 2 and something to eat. 

We will meet at 08:30 at Waterloo station under the central clock. The cost for the trip is £20, which includes the return ticket to Alton (group tickets) as well as entry to the lavender farm. The organizers will purchase the tickets for the group - please pay them in cash on the train.  We will return to Waterloo on one of the 2 direct trains per hour from Alton, taking about 80 minutes.


Please don't forget to bring

• proper hiking boots and waterproofs

• snacks for additional energy during the hike and water

• enough space in your backpacks for all that lavender stuff that you're going to buy :-)


Only RSVP YES if you are certain that you can come to this event and update your RSVP if you can no longer attend. If you're a NoShow, preventing others from the waiting list to join the hike, you will be banned from my future hikes. 

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  • L.E.

    Fields of wheat and good company... Thank you for organising!

    July 15, 2014

  • Andy

    A lovely day out, with the log walking and traversing the infamous "lake" particular highlights.

    1 · July 15, 2014

  • Judy

    Lovely day out - thank you!

    July 14, 2014

  • Caroline E.

    Thank you Henning and all for organising this walk! I really enjoyed the day and met great people.

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • Lena J.

    Thank you for a great day! Really enjoyed it.

    July 14, 2014

  • Emmylou

    That was lovely! Thanks Henning and everyone else who helped make it a great day.

    July 14, 2014

  • Gabb

    very nice, very purple :)

    July 14, 2014

  • Claudia

    Thank you Henning for organizing this very nice walk!
    It was a pleasure to spend this out city day with the European Club interesting people

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I second O's comment, also hope all those interested got to see the footie!

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Orsolya

    Amazing day, nice weather, good people and a great walk. Thank you for organizing it!

    1 · July 13, 2014

  • Krisztina

    See you at Alton

    July 13, 2014

  • Lena J.

    On my way, running a bit late. Will be there by 8:45!

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    on my way, running a tiny bit late, should be at Waterloo by 08:45!

    July 13, 2014

  • Marguerite

    I got a notification that I was confirmed for the hike, but I already made plans. I hope this hike repeats again during the summer.

    July 12, 2014

  • Elisabetta

    See you in Alton.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, i got a notification last night that I've been confirmed for the hike from waitlist but unfortunately i had already made plans for Sunday. Hopefully someone else from the waitlist can take the spot

    July 12, 2014

  • Tom D.

    I've just altered my RSVP as my leg is a little stiff (thank you, random cyclist, I'm glad I could cushion your landing); if nobody takes my place, I'll go, as it (leg) is functional, but the hike is long enough that I think it better to play safe if someone else will take the place. Sorry to switch, Henning.

    July 11, 2014

  • Julija M.

    Im really sorry, but I+1 cannot make it this Sunday. I have changed my RSVP. Someone on the waiting list will rejoice)). Wishing all the group a great day on Sunday!

    July 10, 2014

  • Judy

    See you in Alton

    July 10, 2014

  • Zsolt

    Hello everyone

    Quick question, I am wondering why did the organizer limit this meetup to 40 people. There are so many people on the waiting list,I believe the train and the lavender field is big enough for everyone.
    I am just trying to understand what is the reason and how can we solve it?

    Thanks

    July 9, 2014

    • Maja

      We can "solve" it by having more organisers who want to host events.

      3 · July 9, 2014

    • Zsolt

      I understand,it makes sense.Thank you for your answer Maja,(I sent you an email )

      July 10, 2014

  • Ingrid S

    I will make my own way and meet you at Alton station at[masked]

    July 10, 2014

  • Judy

    40 is a lot of people to lead on a hike and wouldn't be particularly fair to the hike leader to expect to lead more. Most of the hiking groups will have this policy so you have to be quick to sign up!

    July 9, 2014

  • Anna

    I don't know why but I never got notified when people are dropping off. I checked my setting and I should get an email once place get available but it is not happening. I really would like to join this hike. Any solution?

    2 · July 7, 2014

    • Anna

      Henning unfortunately it doesn't work like that. The people who managed to take a place recently where nowhere near first on the list. Anyway it never been the case meet up used to send info that place is avail and than if you quick enough you could get a space. Something wrong with the system.

      July 8, 2014

    • Henning

      oops, good to know... Also unfortunate system...

      July 8, 2014

  • Sarah

    Really sorry, but have to cancel - family problems in Norfolk...

    July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sarah, not entirely sure how the waitlist works in terms of priority but happy to take your place. Have you already paid the £20?

      July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sry just noticed this will be paid in cash on the train.

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to join you guys! This looks lovely! I'm on the waiting list….

    July 3, 2014

  • Judy

    I will meet you all in Alton..

    July 3, 2014

  • vanessa

    Sorry, but I've just decided to go to France for the 14th - hopefully France will also be in the World cup!

    July 2, 2014

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