Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Chawton Park Woods is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk.

How to find us

How to find us
55 Boyneswood Rd, Medstead, Alton
Sat Nav Postcode: GU34 5ED
OS Grid Ref

51.120091498428, -1.0405683517456

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Chawton Park Woods. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Contact details

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen at Chawton Park Woods...

The Chawton Park Woods sit just beyond the village of Chawton and within the South Downs National Park. Containing some mighty beach trees, ravishing Norway maples and more recently planted Whitebeam trees, the woods boast a beautiful setting for a peaceful walk along accessible paths. 

These picturesque woods are also the home to a hidden literary secret, for these were the woods in which Jane Austen took her regular strolls.

Edward Austen Knight, brother of the famous novelist, provided a house in Chawton for his mother and sisters, and it was here that Jane spent her most productive literary years. It was from this red brick house that the tales which would so dazzle the world emerged, and from the local surroundings that Austen would draw much of her inspiration and ideas, including the Chawton Park Woods.

At a glance

  • Walking trails 

  • Small car park 

Things to do

Walking in the woods is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Chawton Park Woods offers informal walking opportunities starting from the car park. You can stick to the compact gravel track or follow the other trails that lead off this path if you want to venture deeper into the woodlands. 

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