Follow in the footsteps of novelist Jane Austen and enjoy some of the loveliest vistas in the region on a trail that links Chawton village, where she lived, with Alton, the market town she often visited. The trail, of course, will take you to the house in Chawton where Jane lived and worked, as well as St Nicholas, the church where her family worshipped.
Much of the fun for Austen fans comes from seeking out the places she mentioned in her books and in the letters she wrote. There’s home of Mr. Newman, apothecary and surgeon, whom Jane visited with a friend in 1811 and afterwards wrote a humorous verse about. And the house of the Prowtings, who were friends of the Austen family and were mentioned many times in Jane’s letters.
The route is about one and a half miles long and easy to follow – just look for the markers bearing Jane’s distinctive silhouette.