Field near Upper Farringdon

Field near Upper Farringdon

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May on the Chawton Round walk

May on the Chawton Round walk

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The ancient yew at Farringdon Church

The ancient yew at Farringdon Church

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Masseys Folly

Masseys Folly

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Upper Farringdon

Upper Farringdon

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Chawton Church

Chawton Church

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Chawton House

Chawton House

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Alton Circular walk

Long but gentle walk visiting Selborne and Chawton, which inspired Jane Austen (writer) and Gilbert White (naturalist)

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Sat, 20-May-17 4

Alton Circular

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Length: 20km (13m)
Tougness: 4/10
Transport: Take the 9:23 train from London Waterloo, arriving in Alton at 10:37. Return times are at xx:15 and xx:44

This is the only walk not involving a bus connection this Saturday. 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. On the way you can reflect on Austen's remark in Persuasion that two villages only three miles apart "will often include a total change of conversation, opinion and idea": though only a few miles apart, even today Chawton and Selborne seem like different worlds.
4 showers in the morning (as told by a Glencoe tripper)
Sat, 10-Sep-16 5

Alton Circular

t=2.10 Length: 20km
Toughness: 4/10
Transport: Take the 9:23 from London Waterloo, arriving in Alton at 10:39. Returns 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. On the way you can reflect on Austen's remark in Persuasion that two villages only three miles apart "will often include a total change of conversation, opinion and idea": though only a few miles apart, even today Chawton and Selborne seem like different worlds.

12.5 miles.
5, light rain most of the day, Now the harvest is in and ploughing has stated and we found some footpaths obliterated replaced by clinging mud. (time to revert to winter boots). Having done the short version of this walk many times but never the full version I was surprised how different they are. The longer version is more remote, hillier and with some of the best Hampshire woodland hangers. Lunch at the Selbourne Arms was good with friendly, efficient service. Sadly we arrived at the tea room opposite Jane Austin's house just at 4:30 when it closes, but the pub next door was welcoming and provided teas and coffees. An enjoyable day out despite the rain.
Sun, 05-Jun-16 3

Sunday Walk 2 Alton Circular

Alton Circular Book 2 Walk 10
20.4 km (12.7 miles)
Toughness 4/10
A long but gentle Hampshire walk through the woods, hangers, hidden pastures and downland that surround Selborne (about which Gilbert White wrote his famous Natural History). After lunch in Selborne you ascend a zig-zag path, constructed by the man himself, and head across Selborne Common for Chawton, once the home of Jane Austen. Her house is likely to have closed by the time you reach it but you can still see the outside and have a quick nose round the garden.
Trains: From Waterloo, get the 09:07 (Clapham Jct 9:15 Wimbledon 9:22) to Alton arriving 10:31.
Return xx:15 direct, xx:45 changing at Woking.
Lunch: An early option, perhaps too early, is the Three Horseshoes in East Worldham (01420 83211), after 2.5 miles. It serves food from 12.00pm to 2.30pm.
The recommended stops are in Selborne after 6 miles. The Queens Hotel (tel 01420 511454) serves food all day. The Selborne Arms (tel 01420 511247) serves food from 12pm to 3pm. There is also a tea shop in the Gilbert White Museum, serving lunches to 2 and accessible without paying admission.
The museum itself costs £9.50 and is open till 5. It also commemorates Lawrence Oates, the ill-fated Antarctic explorer.
Tea: Cassandra's Cup in Chawton closes at 4.30pm. If too late, the The Greyfriar pub (01420 83841) next door will be open.
Other options exist in Alton. Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee in the High Street are both open till 5pm on Sunday, and the nearby Swan Hotel (tel 01420 8377) serves cream teas until 6pm. and drinks till 9pm.
Directions: Book 2 or here. The online version is fully revised and slightly shorter than the book version.
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Hartley Mauditt Church is 1 1/2 miles from the Three Horseshoes in East Worldham. The Church is truly stunning, pretty much in the middle of nowhere with a pond just across the road. Not to be missed
Is mr tiger coming on this walk?
Surprisingly just 3 on this walk although we did pick up an SWC stalwart (jfk) mysteriously emerging from a wood near the end of the walk. The weather warm and sunny 25c which made the woodland stretches particularly welcome. We ambled contentedly through the verdant, dreamy Hampshire landscape, surprising a roe deer in some woods which burst from the trees after we spotted it. Some stretches of the paths were overgrown and still a bit muddy in places which strengthens the points in the comments for this walk about not doing it after a period of rain; some sections would be virtually impassable.
We arrived in Selborne at around 12.40pm and we all had sandwiches. The Queens Hotel is still closed and up for sale and does not look like re opening anytime soon.
In the afternoon we enjoyed lemonade and ice cream at the pub in Upper Farringdon which still left plenty of time for the others to visit the church in Chawton whilst I enjoyed tea at Cassandra's with a massive slab of carrot cake that I think added about 2 points to my BMI. Finally we ambled back through Alton to catch the 5.15 direct train to Waterloo.
I quite understand the choice of the 9.07 train for this walk but if you are happy to settle for a later lunch, say 1.45 2.00pm then the 10.07 would perhaps be best. Was this a factor in the low turnout?
Sat, 28-Feb-15 6 Alton Circular
Sat, 28-Feb-15 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Wed, 26-Nov-14 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sat, 23-Aug-14 12 Alton Circular
Sat, 12-Apr-14 16 Alton Circular
Wed, 18-Dec-13 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Wed, 15-May-13 Alton Circular
Sat, 03-Nov-12 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sun, 15-Jul-12 Alton Circular
Sun, 15-Jul-12 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sat, 13-Aug-11 Alton Circular
Sun, 24-Apr-11 Alton Circular
Sat, 24-Jul-10 Alton Circular
Sat, 27-Feb-10 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sat, 18-Apr-09 Alton Circular
Sun, 04-Jan-09 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sat, 25-Oct-08 Alton Circular
Sun, 09-Mar-08 Alton Circular
Sat, 06-Oct-07 Alton Circular
Sun, 09-Sep-07 Alton Circular
Sat, 02-Jun-07 Alton Circular
Sat, 17-Mar-07 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sun, 17-Dec-06 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)
Sat, 09-Dec-06 Alton Circular (short walk to Chawton)