Come along on Saturday 26th July for a day trip to Jane Austen country!
About Jane Austen and the trip
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was born in and spent most of her life in Hampshire. She lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer.
Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public.
Her most famous novels: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) were all written during the last 8 years of her life whilst she was living at Chawton.
On the walk, we will be seeking out her influences and seeing the places she knew and wrote about.
The trip involves a lot of walking (around 8 miles), so walking boots or sensible shoes are advised. The terrain is reasonably flat amongst heathland and forest, although we will be sticking to paths.
The trip is part guided (by myself) and we will be also visiting Jane Austen's house at Chawton.
Entry cost to the house is £7 each (payable on the day).
9:15am - meet at the station and get GroupSave train tickets to Alton
9:53am - get train
11:10am - arrive at Alton
11:25am - start walk (it's a circular walk that finishes back at the station)
12:00noon - visit house at Chawton
1:30pm - stop for lunch in house café (bring a packed lunch if you wish)
1:45pm - continue walk
4:15pm - arrive back at Alton
4:15pm - freetime - head back to London, look around the town or head to a pub (fast trains going back: 4:15pm, 4:44pm, 5:15pm - it takes 1h 10mins)
We will be getting the 9:53am train and we will be able to get a third off train tickets, which work out at £13.54 each (we will be purchasing these on the day as people arrive).
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