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A walk in Kent in Jane Austen’s footsteps — 56 Comments

  1. I enjoyed the pictures so much. Just back from London but didn’t have any days like this. Thanks for the article

  2. Thank you for the lovely pictures. It is interesting to see the other areas of England that one isn’t always able to visit when on vacation.

  3. What gorgeous pictures and homes. I would not mind living in any of them. It would be fun to visit such a beautiful place in person, but these amazing photos make a very good substitute in the meantime. Thank you for sharing your adventures and these pictures.

  4. Thanks for sharing these photos…I particularly liked seeing what a footpath looked like. Now I understand all that mud!

    • I love walking English footpaths – they’re an experience we don’t have at all in the US. This one was particularly tidy; like Elizabeth Bennet, I’ve ended up with my blue jeans 6 inches deep in mud (or worse!).

  5. Much needed warmer weather images, thank you!! In the Hub we are getting more April snow….ugh!!! My guess is that you might be getting some “lovely” cold rain? Good day to be inside and write.

      • Gosh, I don’t miss the long winters the Northeast so ‘enjoys.’ It’s been ‘Chamber of Commerce Weather’ here in central Texas for a few weeks but we know it’s going to turn ugly hot very soon. So on one hand, I feel for y’all and remember the winters with a shudder, but on the other hand this gorgeous weather here won’t last long at all so I’m reveling in it, and trying to steel myself to the reality of the heat coming and once again promising myself I won’t complain, I won’t complain, I won’t complain. Cuz, it just makes it worse to whine. (For me, that is.)

        I really enjoyed this post. The pictures, the historical info, your personal experiences. Just plain lovely. Thank you!

  6. Beautifiul pictures of England. I cannot wait to visit …someday. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Snow in Lake George NY as well on April 4th!!!!

  7. Thank you, it is so different from where I am. So green and pretty, with trees and beautiful flowers. It is odd to be able to walk to town, as our towns are so far apart.

  8. Fascinating post! I love these beautiful manor homes and to be able to see them is such a treat. I love to watch the British shows that show people restoring these Grade I/II listed homes. The amount of time, effort and money is incredible! Love the garden pictures!

    • Every so often I see one of those manor houses for sale for what seems like a ridiculously low price, and then I remember that it probably takes far more than the selling price just to keep it up! Not to mention all the gardeners and servants you’d have to hire…

      • Thanks for such an interesting post Abigail. Although I’m born, bred and live in the UK, the South isn’t an area I know well at all. Brought up in the East Midlands and living the vast majority of my life in Yorkshire, there’s always been the obstacle of London to get around in order to visit Kent plus a considerable amount of time spent travelling.

        Another problem in buying one of these apparently cheap country houses is not just the general maintenance costs. Many have become quite delapidated over the years but if they have “listed” status, then repairs and restoration have to be carried out to set standards and often using a restricted range of materials. This obviously makes it a rather expensive prospect.

  9. Some day…when I grow up…I would love to go over and just ramble on footpaths and see these beautiful places. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  10. I loved seeing the photos, especially of the gardens at the end. Oh, for sufficient water in Southern California to be able to pull off this kind of garden!! 😀

    The footpath system looks amazing!! I would love to just amble along them, wheresoever they may lead!! 😀

    Thanks, Abigail!!

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

  11. Thank you for the Pictures and information. They are lovely pictures, and I enjoy hearing where Jane might have gotten her inspiration from.

  12. Thank you so much for the informaton and the photos of your lovely walk! You were blessed with good weather and good fortune. So envious. I’ll have to settle for rereading “Conquering Mr. Darcy” for the umpteenth time. 🙂

    • Good weather, but it was actually quite hot – early July of 2014, a record hot day for Kent, and I actually ended up with mild heat exhaustion from that walk because I hadn’t brought clothes suitable for weather over 80 degrees. It had never even crossed my mind to worry about being seriously overheated in the UK! 😉

  13. Thank you for taking us on this walk with all these pictures to show us where Jane trod. A lovely walk. I love the do clarified in names and the supposition of where some of her names of places and characters May have orginated. Perhaps one day we may get to stay at Goodnestone Park.

  14. What a kind thought to share with us your walk! I imagined how thrilled you should have been.It reminds me of our 2007 ‘Jane Austen’s tour’with my best friend. We were in the lane from Steveston church looking for THE field where stood Jane’s rectory. We took my photos not knowing if it was the good place (though we had strong suspicions) !

    • I hadn’t heard she’d passed away. That was just a couple of months after I saw her. I hope they’ll keep the gardens going.

      It must have been quite an experience for you. I remember seeing a JASNA tour that was going to Goodnestone for tea a few years back and wishing I could go.

  15. Gorgeous pics and love the post! I’m off again in 3 weeks but this time (very very unusually) confined to London. I will have a couple free days and hope to whiz down to Kent for some necessary country scenery. Hope I get weather like you did in these pics! Are you off this June again to the UK? Always look forward to your pics!

  16. Lovely photos thank you. Considering I have lived in England all my life I have seen very little. My only visit to Kent was in 1972 when I spent a week in Canterbury. It looks lovely and I would love to be able to stay in somewhere like Goodnestone. Thanks again 😊

  17. Just getting to read this. The gardens are especially lovely. How fortunate we are to be able to read as you share with us the location, names, histories in that locale. Thank you. All your photos are a joy to gaze upon.

  18. How lovely to hear of your explorations and walk. How long a walk was it that Jane Austen made to those dances and under those two umbrellas? Any idea of the distance or could you say how long it took you?
    Thanks!

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