JANE AUSTEN: SEASCAPES AND LANDSCAPES


A 2010 Pathfinders Tour Sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Inc.

July 14-24, 2010

(Itinerary tentative as of February 2010)


7/14 Join JASNA travelers at Heathrow Airport or a hotel in the Heathrow area. (Pre-tour arrangements will be offered.) Austen specialist and Blue Badge guide Anthea Bryant, tour escort Carol Pippen, and a JASNA officer will greet members. Travel to London by motor coach to the British Library to view Jane Austen’s desk, manuscripts, and letters. At the National Portrait Gallery see Cassandra’s portrait of Jane Austen. Travel to the seaside town of Ramsgate for a get-acquainted reception and welcome dinner. Hotel in Ramsgate; D*

7/15 Explore the town and port of Ramsgate and learn of its associations with Austen’s sailor brothers. Visit the house, gardens, and church of Goodnestone Park, home of the in-laws of Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Meet Lady FitzWalter, a descendant of that family, and lunch in the converted stables. Tour the house and grounds of Edward’s Kent estate, Godmersham, and visit the village church. Hotel in Ramsgate; B, L

7/16 Travel to Hampshire via Sevenoaks, where Jane Austen’s great-uncle Francis lived in the Red House, and see Sevenoaks School. In Austen’s birthplace, Steventon, visit with the Rector and parishioners at St. Nicholas Church. Afterward walk in the gardens of Ashe House (home of Mme Lefroy) and continue to Ibthorpe House (Mary and Martha Lloyd’s home) for a private tour and tea. In Winchester meet with Austen experts Helen Lefroy and Elizabeth Proudman for a reception and dinner. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea, D

7/17 Participate in a private service at Jane Austen’s grave in Winchester Cathedral with time afterward to explore the historic city. Travel to Chawton and visit the gardens and cottage where Jane Austen lived and the gardens of Chawton Great House. Attend the annual meeting and afternoon tea of the UK Jane Austen Society, with the option of evensong in Chawton’s St. Nicholas Church. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea

7/18 Visit Cadland House, a private home set in a landscaped park between the New Forest and Southampton Water, and enjoy morning coffee amidst a collection of maritime paintings and Nelson and Wellington memorabilia. Travel to Portsmouth for a tour of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, and the Royal Naval Dockyard, where Frank and Charles Austen received their naval training. Hotel in Winchester; B, Coffee

7/19 Travel to Lyme Regis on the seacoast of Dorset. Walk on the Cobb; hear a reading from Persuasion by Patrick Stokes, a descendant of Charles Austen; and attend a presentation by Austen descendant Diana Shervington. Travel through Dorset and Somerset to Bath, and have dinner at the hotel. Hotel in Bath; B, D

7/20 Take a guided tour on foot of the beautiful 18th-century city of Bath in the steps of the Austen family. Visit the Jane Austen Centre, the Georgian House at No. 1 Royal Crescent, and the Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume and see exteriors of the houses where Jane Austen lived. Hotel in Bath; B

7/21 Travel to the National Trust village of Lacock, a setting for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. Return to Bath for a free afternoon of shopping or exploring the Roman Baths. Enjoy an evening dinner party in an elegant private house and gardens near Bath, followed by an Austen-themed musical performance. Hotel in Bath; B, D

7/22 Drive through the Cotswolds to Adlestrop and see the church and the houses that belonged to the Leighs (Jane Austen’s mother’s family). After lunch, travel to Stoneleigh Abbey, also a former Leigh residence, which is set in a landscape designed by Humphry Repton. Have dinner at the hotel. Hotel in Warwick; B, L, D

7/23 In Oxford visit St. John’s College, alma mater of Jane Austen’s father and brothers. In Windsor visit the royal Castle and have a private tour of Windsor Great Park led by Austen-Knight descendant Cassie Knight Blackwell, ending with an illustrated lecture. Gather for a farewell dinner at the hotel. Hotel in Windsor; B, D

7/24 Following breakfast, vans will transport members to the major Heathrow terminals based on departure times and to central London for those who have made continuing arrangements with Pathfinders. Tour ends. B

*B, L, D, Coffee, Tea indicate meals that are included in the tour price.