Follow footsteps of Jane Austen in tour
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.”
“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