Bordeaux Wine Experience attracts oenophiles
Tesco, the sleepwear-free supermarket

From the Wayfarers: A Jane Austen walking vacation

Hiking in Hampshire, England
ABOVE: Footloose Jane Austen fans will feel at home in Hampshire. INSET BELOW: Oakley Hall, which may have been the inspiration for Mansfield Park.

Tours with Jane Austen themes aren't new, but the Wayfarers--a 27-year-old American company that specializes in walking trips--has come up with an interesting twist on the Austenian theme: a six-day "Jane Austen Country" walk through Hampshire's village lanes and footpaths, exploring the region that was portrayed in many of Ms. Austen's books.

A spokesperson for the Wayfarers writes: 

Oakley Hall Hotel "Among the stopping points are Steventon, home to Jane's father's rectory; the village of Chawton, where the author moved at age 33 and the site of today's Jane Austen Museum; and Oakley Hall, the 18th Century manor house hotel that is considered to be the inspiration for Mansfield Park.

"After strolling along paths and passing classic cottages familiar to Jane Austen, walkers arrive at the ancient Winchester Cathedral, Jane's final resting place. Other highlights include a song recital and a pre-dinner discussion led by a Jane Austen expert."

The six-day, five-night trip costs US $3,595 per person, double occupancy, with a single-room supplement of $420. The price includes hotels, meals, trail snacks, wine with dinner, entrance fees, van transport for baggage (or walkers in need of rest), taxes, tips, and more. The "challenge level" is described as easy, with a pace of six to 10 miles per day

The tour will be offered on three summer departure dates: June 27, July 25, and August 29. For more information, visit the "Jane Austen Country" page at

Photos: (top) Hampshire County Council, (inset) Oakley Hall Hotel.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Too bad the trip does not include Netley abbey as this abbey was visited by Jane. The setting further adds to the romantic notions of her books.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)