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.