Fol­low foot­steps of Jane Austen in tour

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

WILDLIFE ex­perts will be on hand to guide walk­ers around part of the 1,000-acre es­tate at God­mer­sham Park on Sun­day. “A Walk on the Wild­side” will in­volve a tour of the more re­mote parts of the park. An­dre Far­rar from the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds will help iden­tify the ar­ray of birds present in the woods. He said: “It’s a mag­i­cal time of the year for wood­land birds and I am hop­ing that the war­blers, in par­tic­u­lar, will be in full song.” Es­tate man­ager Greg El­lis will be lead­ing the walk and will an­swer ques­tions at places of in­ter­est such as the Ice House, which is men­tioned in Jane Austen’s let­ters to her sis­ter Cas­san­dra. Jane Austen afi­cionado, Mar­garet Smyth from the Univer­sity of Kent, will ex­plain the sig­nif­i­cance of God­mer­sham Park in the nov­els of the fa­mous au­thor. Mr El­lis added: “We will be ex­plor­ing some of the off-track places, such as the Air­ship Hole which is of sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est.”

Hideaway

“Two air­ships were lo­cated in the woods dur­ing the First World War in a mas­sive cav­ity and dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, the site be­came an un­der­ground hideaway for the Se­cret Army.” The park’s blue­bells will be in bloom as an added bonus. The walk starts from God­mer­sham Church at 2pm and am­ple park­ing is avail­able. Tick­ets are £6 sin­gle ad­mis­sion and £15 for a fam­ily ticket (in­clud­ing tea and cake) and can be ob­tained from Tim Ge­orge on 01227 730527.

Owner of God­mer­sham Park, John Sun­ley

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