- Jane Austen’s intimate home in the tiny village of Chawton
- Her brother’s Elizabethan manor house and parkland (now Chawton House Library) just a short walk away
- Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection in delightful Selborne, discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World
- Petersfield Museum including the Museum in the Old Courthouse and the Flora Twort Gallery in the ancient town of Petersfield
The Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park â€“ with its steep wooded slopes, picture-perfect villages and peaceful market towns â€“ is one of the loveliest parts of rural England. This is the landscape that inspired some of Englandâ€™s greatest writers â€“ among them Jane Austen, pioneering eighteenth-century naturalist Gilbert White and First World War poet Edward Thomas.
These few square miles of England’s newest National Park contain a natural network of historic places, people and stories â€“ criss-crossing connections from the past that can be retraced on foot across the downlands and hidden valleys, or by road from village to village, through lovely scenery that has hardly changed for hundreds of years.
We will be happy to arrange a joint group visit to any two or more locations. For further information, please contact any of the