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|From Chawton in the Footsteps of Jane Austen|
|Author: Claire, Published: 30 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the tiny Hampshire village of Chawton, within the South Downs National Park. The walk starts from the former home of author Jane Austen which now houses a museum. The route passes through woodland and farmland to reach the nearby village of Upper Farringdon before returning along a disused railway line. Along the way you’ll see a few of the places that Jane enjoyed visiting when living in Chawton from 1809 to 1817. Aside from the literary connections, the Hampshire scenery is really beautiful, transporting you into peaceful traditional countryside and quaint villages teeming with thatched cottages. If you want refreshments before or after your walk then The Greyfriar pub is a great find and just a few yards along the road from the car park. |
The route has a few steady climbs and descents. There are a few kissing gates plus six stiles. Whilst most of the stiles are low with open fencing, making them easy for humans and dogs, the penultimate one is very tall and has wire fencing across so dogs (and some humans!) may need a hand over. The paths are mostly well made but the woodland and field paths can be muddy after periods of wet weather. One of the fields is likely to be holding sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 hours.
The road into Chawton village is accessed from the roundabout where the A31 crosses the A32, between Alton and Winchester. The walk starts from the free village car park in Chawton, which is opposite Jane Austen's House Museum and alongside the tea room and pub. If the car park is full, there is additional roadside parking on the ‘no through road’ branch of Winchester Road which is signed to Chawton House and St Nicholas Church. Approximate post code GU34 1SB.
|Start to Chawton House|
Start point: 51.1327 lat, -0.9887 long
From the free village car park, return to the main road alongside Cassandra’s Cup tea room. On the opposite side of the road you will see Jane Austen’s House Museum.
|Chawton House to Berryhill Plantation|
Start point: 51.1286 lat, -0.9913 long
Keep ahead past the vehicle barrier and continue to the end of the tarmac lane. Here fork left onto the narrow footpath through a belt of trees. Cross over a stile to reach a fenced woodland track running parallel to the road on the right.
|Berryhill Plantation to All Saints Church|
Start point: 51.1177 lat, -0.9891 long
As the track gradually climbs you will soon find it flanked by distinctive Giant Redwood trees, an ancient species native to California. At the top of the slope take time to enjoy the views over the valleys to both sides.
|All Saints Church to Parsonage Close|
Start point: 51.1138 lat, -0.9836 long
Reverend John Benn was based at All Saints Church from 1797 to 1857 and his family were particular friends of the Austens.
|Parsonage Close to Meon Valley Railway|
Start point: 51.1126 lat, -0.9858 long
Follow the path with properties to the left, and you’ll reach the crossroads you passed earlier on the walk. Turn left here and follow the track descending all the way down to reach a T-junction with the main road, A32. Cross over the road with care and take the lane opposite.
|Meon Valley Railway to A32|
Start point: 51.1137 lat, -0.9987 long
The Meon Valley Railway was a 22 mile cross-country railway that ran between Alton and Fareham on the south coast. It was authorised in 1896 and opened in 1903, making it one of the last major railways to be built in the UK. It was closed to passengers in 1955 and finally closed completely in 1968. Shortly after the closure, the line was used to film the first of the ‘Milk Tray Man’ adverts, where the character jumps onto the roof of a moving train.
|A32 to End|
Start point: 51.1303 lat, -0.9939 long
Go through the kissing gate, down the steps and cross over the road with care. Go up the steps opposite and over the stile ahead (note this one is quite high and enclosed with wire mesh so dogs and some people may need a hand here). Follow the enclosed path with horse paddocks on the left and pass over another (lower) stile. Continue for a few paces and you will emerge into a residential road.
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Pretty route with a few options to stop for refreshments. Directions described were 'bang on' and easy to follow.
|By ibumtigers on 07 Oct 2014|
Beautiful views to be had, directions we're easy to follow. Stopped at The Rose and Crown in Farringdon for a sandwich and beer, both very nice. Altogether a lovely day.
|By Barry1234 on 21 May 2015|
Gina Hall: Completed the 5 mile circular walk around Chawton yesterday. Visited the tea rooms at both start and end of the walk and would recommend it. As well as the Library you can also visit Jane Austen's home (charge). Loved the walk as it was not only in wonderful countryside but included churches, tea rooms and pubs in Chawton and Farringdon.
|By Facebook on 31 May 2016|
Pleasant, easy, varied walk. Easy to follow directions.
|By GordonSimpso on 24 Jul 2016|
An easy gentle walk - a bit "dry" for hot dogs on a hot day unless anyone spotted a decent stream - field watertanks very iffy
|By Alexdennis on 01 Sep 2016|
Great walk well described
|By Alexdennis on 25 Oct 2016|
Directions were easy to follow and very accurate. A really pleasant walk, not to taxing with some beautiful views.
|By Ranger1964 on 06 May 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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