Jane Austen Walk- Bank Holiday Adventure

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Clapham Junction

St John's Hill


SW11 1SP

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Please join us for a full-day walk through the beautiful countryside of Hampshire and let yourself be inspired by amazing surroundings that once inspired Jane Austen to write her famous novels. Follow in her footsteps and try to discover with your own eyes the magic that sparked off the classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma or Sense and Sensibility.

Meeting place: Clapham Junction Station, you will meet Kat at the main entrance (St John's hill side, the one with Sainsbury's), by the ticket offices. Look out for a black balloon with the group's logo! :)

Price: £27.50, includes train tickets, visit in a Jane Austin House in Chawton and PayPal fees.

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Meeting time: 08:40am

Please note that w will be taking 09.00am train from Clapham Junction, so we will wait at the meeting point until 08.50am.

At 08.50am sharp we will make our way to the platform, so please make sure that you arrive on time as we will not be waiting for the late comers. You will be welcome to try and catch up with the group afterwards. We will arrive at Alton at 10:10 am. It is very difficult to predict exact return time as it depends on the walking speed of the particular group and the choices we make along the way (lunch route etc). If you decide to join, please consider yourself committed for the day.

Jane Austen was born in Hampshire and it is there that she lived most of her life. Tourists tend to associate Austen with the Bath, a bustling city in Somerset, but she did most of her writing in Chawton, the main destination of the walk we would like to offer you, where she settled in 1809 with her mother and sister. Her quiet life there came after some disruptive wilderness years spent in Bath and Southampton and allowed for a burst of creativity that saw the publication of four major novels. Here you will be able to explore breathtaking fields and country lanes where she walked and visit her home at the Jane Austen's House Museum where visitor can walk through the rooms she lived and worked, and view many relics of her family.

Distance and difficulty:

The entire walk will be 8.2 miles, there is one small hill at about 3 1/2 miles but it isn't very big.

We will have 2 miles from the station to Chawton and then a 4.5 mile walk in the country side before lunch in Chawton and sight seeing at the jane austin house.

Lunch: We will be stopping for lunch (not included) in Chawton in Cassandras Cup around 13:00. You can find the menu here: http://www.cassandrascup.co.uk/cc-content/uploads/2016/12/todays-specials1.pdf

After the lunch we will leave Chawton and direct to Farringdon, a small, scenic village in Hampshire where Austen would come to visit her friends and acquaintances and where we will visit 12th century All Saint Church famous for its stained window and churchyard that contains yew trees reputed to be of great antiquity. Estimates have suggested that the trees may be as much as 2,000 years old. The trip will come to its end around in Alton where Jane would go to visit and shop while she lived at Chawton.

Please give yourself enough time to find the meeting point - it is quite a large station and has many entrances, please check the TFL journey planner for any planned engineering works and please allow enough time for any unplanned disruptions to your journey. If you are late and miss the group no refunds will be provided and there will be no use calling us and asking us to wait as I'm afraid I will not be keeping 30 people, who made it on time, waiting for one late comer.

As it gets quite hectic when everyone starts arriving and looking for the meeting point, please don't email me or leave a voice mail as I will not have time to check it until after the walk.


By taking part in this meet-up you agree to the following disclaimer: I acknowledge that hiking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. My decision to voluntarily participate in these activities is an informed decision and I am aware of and shall accept such risks. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and involvement in these activities.


By signing up to this event you confirm that you have read and consented to our terms and conditions (click to download) and waiver (click to download). You will also email signed copy of both to us on admin@curiouskatsadventures.com within 3 days of making the payment for the event and no later than 3 days before the event. You also agree to a 'no refund' policy.

INSURANCE: You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research - help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.

BAD WEATHER: With all the crazy stuff happening with the weather recently, please note that we may be prevented from doing some of activities due to unpredictable weather events. If this is the case replacement activities will be offered.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any doubts, queries or would like to chat to anyone about the best options for you, please contact us via email on admin@curiouskatsadventures.com or phone: 0749 642 82 37. Our lines are open Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm and we will get back to you within 3 working days. Please note that messages sent through any other channels may not be picked up.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring packed lunches and drinks with you

What's the refund policy?

As you know the group operates a no refund policy due to most of the costs having to be paid in advance. However we understand that sometimes things come up and there is nothing you can do, you just have to cancel.

In this case we would be happy to allow you to sell your place to one of your friends. No direct swaps will be accepted though, so your friend needs to buy the place directly from us and only then we will process a refund to you. No one will be admitted on the trip, unless they pay directly to us.

To make sure we know that the swap will be taking place please email us before your friend signs up and let us know their name and when they will be making the payment. Please include the information about the trip as with over 60 upcoming events and almost 8,000 members we are getting hundreds of emails per day, so we need the correct information to identify it.

Please note that if you forget to let us know before your friend signs up, the swap will be invalid and will be treated as any other sale. Once the payment is done by them, please email us the details of original transaction (so that it can be found in the bank account/paypal account) and where should we be sending refund to.

Admin fee of 10% (minimum £3.50) applies to all refunds. Paypal fees are non refundable. The refund will be processed within 5 working days of the trip the latest.

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