Day trip to Jane Austen country

  • July 26, 2014 · 9:15 AM
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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).

Aprox Itinerary
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).

Look out for the group sign under the clock: 

If you can’t see us at the station, please call or text.

Robert
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  • helen w.

    really nice day out, nice walk and lovely house.
    Special thanks to the two ladies who let me borrow their sun cream :)
    Also to the lovely girls I meet along the route who keep laughing about Morocco, get in touch, facebook me! x

    August 1

  • Robert

    Loved the house and gardens, good walk from the station with all the Georgian buildings that Jane would have known and visited. Good round trip back, shame we didn't find All Saints church at Upper Farringdon. Very nice warm day and good company.

    4 · July 28

    • HARJEET K.

      I love Jane Austen and would never have had the opportunity to go if I had not joined your group. Thank you so much for organising the event Robert.

      July 29

    • Robert

      We do another themed walk on the artist John Constable which is just as good. Hoping to do this in September.

      1 · July 30

  • Sheri S.

    Excellent day out. Thank you Robert for arranging this very interesting and memorable day.

    1 · July 29

  • Estelle

    Message for the lady that take the really cool picture of me and my umbrella through the church window. I missed giving you my email address So I could take a copy of the picture. Hopefully this will find you warm regards Estelle

    July 28

  • Jen F.

    Enjoyed the scenic walk involving Austen's house and influences. Over 80+ turned up, all with a positive thing to say about the day. Wonderful people. Well done Robert again x

    1 · July 27

  • nahid

    very interesting and good company

    July 27

  • Sally

    GREAT bunch of people. Thanks, Robert, for organizing.

    July 27

  • Cindy

    Thank you for organising, Robert. It was nice meeting some of you yesterday & sharing a sunny day together. I had to leave the group earlier as I had dinner & theatre plans in Soho. Hope everyone got back safe. Take care!

    1 · July 27

  • Diane U.

    Great trip--both the house and the walk gave a much much better feel for Jane Austen's world than, say, the house in Bath.

    1 · July 27

  • maria

    Very nice day, very nice group of people. Interesting to see Jane Austen's House and to look through the windows where she used to sit.
    And then a lovely walk in the area.
    The day was complete.

    Thank you Robert and the people i met today on the hike.

    July 26

  • maria

    Very nice day, very nice group of people. Interesting to see Jane Austen's House and to look through the windows where she used to sit.
    And then a lovely walk in the area.
    The day was complete.

    Thank you Robert and the people i met today on the hike.

    July 26

  • Ed

    Lovely trip in great weather. Good to see something "cultural" along with a pleasant walk with even more pleasant company.

    July 26

  • Maria

    excellent, good company as always :)

    July 26

  • carole b.

    Great day although it ended up being 10 miles of beautiful countryside

    July 26

  • Duncan

    Will meet you at house

    July 26

  • Cindy

    On my way to Waterloo. See you soon!

    July 26

  • Maria

    Hi Robert,
    I will also see you at Alton :)

    July 26

  • Robert

    Please note that the walk tomorrow will be about 7-8 miles, so please wear walking boots/sensible shoes. There are lots of places we will see on the walk that she knew and referred to in her books and letters.

    July 25

  • Duncan

    May drive there directly, how long is the afternoon walk pls (I've seen a 4.5 mile Jane Austen walk on the web)?

    July 22

    • Robert

      We will get back to Alton at about 4pm.

      July 25

  • Nigel I.

    I will meet you at Alton station

    July 23

    • Robert

      O.K, see your there.

      July 25

  • Dawn T.

    I'll meet you at Alton station as I live southwest of London.

    July 25

  • Maureen C.

    Hi Robert, It's more convenient for me to meet the group at Alton from where I live, will meet you there.

    July 25

    • Robert

      O.K, see you at Alton, our train arrives at 11:10am.

      July 25

  • mythili

    Family outing to Oxford to meet friends, so I'm afraid Jane Austen county will have to be another day.

    July 25

  • Christine

    Gutted that I can't go on this fabulous trip!

    2 · June 27

    • Sasha

      Me too! Hope you will repeat it in the near future :)

      1 · June 28

    • Meredith S.

      I keep looking at the planned excursions & almost weeping! I feel so homesick for London whenever I consider the friends & experiences I'm missing via Cultureseekers!

      July 25

  • Anita

    Just paid my membership fee! This is my first event. Looking forward to it tomorrow!!

    July 25

  • Gary F.

    Hi Robert. I will meet you at Alton at 11.10. As I'm coming from Surrey, I'll go directly to Alton. See you under the clock.kindest. G.

    July 25

  • Gary F.

    Hi Robert,

    July 25

  • Estelle

    I am looking forward to it too

    July 25

  • HARJEET K.

    Looking forward to it. Do you have a link to the house? I haven't managed to find it through a search engine

    1 · July 25

  • yvonne w.

    Can't make this one I hope you do it again Would loved to have come

    July 25

  • Mimi

    Really love tbis place and haven't been for a long time. Having said yes just realised I have tickets to the theatre at 19:30! Truly gutted! Please repeat soon!

    July 20

  • Angela H.

    What a shame i'm going to miss this one. Hope you are able to repeat soon.

    July 12

  • Clare C.

    Struggled with Jane Austen at school. As an adult, however, I've come to understand the intricacies of her writing and of the emotional depth within the restraint of the plots.

    1 · June 28

  • Ines

    I can't go as I work on Saturdays. :(

    June 28

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