Jane Austen: Derbyshire, England
Mid June, 2019
In June of 2019, we will be continue to explore the English countryside while reading Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen, as a sacred text. The dates and exact programming are still being confirmed, but this will be an unusual path through our beloved P&P. The trip will be relatively short (most likely 4 nights).
This trip will not be a “Balls and Bonnets” version of a Pride and Prejudice trip, although that trip would no doubt be delightful. This one will be a “six inches deep in mud,” Pride and Prejudice trip. Lizzie can get anywhere on her own two feet. We will be walking, starting in Derby, at the southern end of the Peak District National Park. We will walk the natural gorge of Dovedale, then make our way up towards Bakewell, the ‘Lambton’ of Mrs Gardiner’s former home, and Chatsworth, the inspiration for Pemberley. While we are walking, we will be reading Chapters 35-46 of Pride and Prejudice as our sacred companion. In the interim of these two letters, Lizzie sojourns with the Gardiners, taking in many natural sights of the Peak District.
We’ll follow in her footsteps and ask ourselves the same questions that Lizzie asks herself during this hundred page section of the novel: What do I never want to be changeable in myself and what do I want to be flexible? Where in my life am I being too prideful and prejudiced? What do I want my life to look like? How do I keep myself moving forward? What kind of life do I want to live in this body that I have been given?
We hope that you join Lizzie, and us on this trip as we walk in her hems, ask ourselves some tough questions and take in gorgeous views.
Four nights’ accommodation. We will be staying in a range of accommodation, from bunk-barns and hostels to historic country inns.
Travel between sites (if not walking)
Entry to Chatsworth House and other sites we visit
We will be walking 8 to 12 miles each day, sometimes on hilly terrain. Main luggage will be transported between sites, but we will each be carrying our own daypacks. The Derbyshire summer might be hot and sunny, or wet and windy - sometimes all in the same day. We won’t be rushing but we expect to be tired at the end of each day.
These trips involve a lot of planning, logistics, and up front costs. Because of this, we cannot guarantee refunds in event of a cancellation. Please be sure you can attend the event before booking. If an unforeseen circumstance does occur, we will do our best to find a replacement for you. If we are able to get someone to take your place, we will refund your full payment minus a service charge. We strongly urge you to purchase travel insurance in the event of a personal conflict, health issue, or unexpected circumstance.
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