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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Alton Circular

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Length: 20km (13m)
Toughness: 4 / 10
Transport: Take either the 8:53 from London Waterloo or the 9:00 and change in Woking (6mins). Both trains arrive in Alton at 10:10. Return from Alton at xx:15 and xx:44

From the description:

The quiet corner of Hampshire through which this walk passes seems like the kind of countryside in which nothing much ever happened. Yet in the late 18th and early 19th century it inspired two famous writers - Gilbert White and Jane Austen. After a section over wide upland fields to East Worldham, the walk first plunges into the delightful arcadia of woods, hangers and hidden pastures that surround Selborne, about which White wrote his famous Natural History. From there, it crosses wooded Selborne Common and gentle ridges of downland to Chawton, the home of Jane Austen for the last eight, and most productive years, of her life.

2 comments:

Dirk said...

n=14 on this walk, w=sunny_with_some_short_showers. The area around Selborne is as beautiful as ever, the Lythe valley floor now covered with blooming wild flowers, the Selborne Arms served tasty lunches, the many churches invited for a visit and a hunt for medieval church graffiti (one of us had a particular interest in them), and Cassandra's Cup provided delicious cake and tea to finish off the walk. After tea 5 of us went back to Chawton Church and House discovered that it is possible to have tea in the old kitchen of the "Great House" until 16:30 without paying the museum entrance fee. Something to keep in mind for next time. Last but not least: An almost bluebell-free walk, but you can't escape those blighters at this time of the year ....

Anonymous said...

Blue bell free ? Heck Dirk I should have gone on your one