We don’t get many days when it is too hot to walk but Joan of St Mary’s Hall in Alton recommended this linear walk of less than three miles all on a flat terrain and no mud involved!
Starting from the The Butts which is like a large village green edged with picturesque cottages and a pub, head south on the Winchester Road.
The pathway takes you from the busy roads to a ‘tunnel’ which when you emerge you find yourself in a little piece of heavenly village (although you can still hear a faint thrum from the traffic).
There are no complex map directions to wrestle with as the road leads you straight into Chawton a picturesque village with roses around the door cottages and Jane Austen’s house.
You can continue walking past the pub, tea rooms and crossroads as this will lead to a pleasant recreation area and Chawton House.
We bumped into a party of American students clearly on the literary trail enjoying the heat and the carthorses on the Chawton estate. If you fancy dropping into Jane’s house I suggest an early in the day visit as this is a top spot for overseas visitors on coach trips.
Once you have had your fill of idyllic English scenery return to Alton retracing your footsteps.
Alton is a small market town with other buildings of note and more information can be found at the Jane Austen Trail.