Exploring your own back yard should be compulsory for everyone. Farringdon isn’t quite my backyard but a drive of about 40 minutes away from the south coast of England.
Starting a walk from Chawton I did a circular route which took in Farringdon at roughly half way….of course you don’t have to walk but it’s good exercise and gives you some uninterrupted views of the rolling Hampshire countryside and on a hot summer’s afternoon I didn’t see many people. Quiet and peaceful, bliss perfect bliss!
Farringdon is centred by an unusual village hall. It took a few years to build and it is something short of pretty but eye catching none the less. Very Victorian and almost gothic in style this red brick building looks a touch out of place in this village. The board outside of the building will tell you of its history.
The rest of the village is very chocolate box, roses round the door, thatched cottages brightly painted doors and windows. If you are doing the 4 1/2 miles walk there is a pub for a welcome refreshment and comfort break!
The circular route does not take in many roads, its mainly across fields following the yellow arrowed footpath signs.
If you make it back to Chawton without a break there is a pub and cafe there for refreshments.
Chawton itself has the Jane Austen museum, the house where her brother lived and the church. It too is a pretty village and about a mile and a half away from Alton which has good transport connections to London.