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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 www.thewayfarers.com.

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

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salome

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.

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