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Jane Austen's World - Self Guided
Winchester to Alton

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. Amongst scholars and critics, Austen’s realism and biting social commentary have cemented her historical importance as a writer. Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816).

This is a two day three night walking break in the beautiful Hampshire countryside that was the inspiration for the works of Jane Austen, author of Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and many others. The walk takes you right past the house where the authoress lived and which is open to the public. Furthermore, you may like to make use of the picturesque railway line,
the Watercress Line, that runs between Alresford and Alton. This tour can run on any day, subject to accommodation availability, but you may like to check the opening hours of Jane Austen’s house, http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk , and the timetable of the railway, http://www.watercressonline.co.uk/index.php.

Highlights include:

  • Winchester
  • Itchen Valley
  • Jane Austen's Ancestral Home
  • Alton

Day 1 
Travel to Winchester for overnight in the ancient capital of England with its historic town center and magnificent cathedral.

Day 2 
Walk to Alresford. Starting at Winchester Cathedral, the route weaves its way east through the picturesque Itchen Valley, taking in several pretty and unspoilt Hampshire villages, enabling the walker to visit numerous churches with pilgrimage connections and welcoming country
pubs. The beautiful village of Alresford for overnight. 9 miles/14.4 kms

Day 3
A pretty walk across country and through woodland, passing through several little villages to
finally arrive at Chawton, Jane Austen’s ancestral home and thence the last stretch into the
town of Alton, from where you return to Alresford for overnight. 12 miles/19.2 kms

Day 4
Departure after breakfast. Return to Winchester either by taxi (arrange locally) or by bus (regular services to Winchester, 15 minute journey.

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.

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April to September $795/per person TBD

Your trip price includes the following. For additional information, please call or email us at and one of our exceptional Travel Advisors will be happy to share with you all kinds of details.

  • 3 nights lodging in authentic English B & Bs and Inns with private bathrooms
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfes
  • Trail maps and routel notes
  • Local emergeny contact



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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA


Best Time to Go

April to September

Convenient Airport

Heathrow Airport is approximately 50 miles from Winchester.

Traveling By Rail

The walk begins in Winchester, which is on the main railway line from London (Waterloo).

For details on schedule and fares please contact BritRail at (800)677-8585 or www.britrail.com.  Another resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online and collected at your departing station but you must use the same credit card that paid for them to redeem them.

For local train timetables see www.watercressonline.co.uk/index.php

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages in the UK..

 

 

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