Romantic England


FHU professor Dr. John McLaughlin's tour of England offers a mix of big-city excitement and rustic-village charm. The trip includes three days (and plenty of free time) in London, a visit to York in northeast England, and a stop at Chatsworth House, a stately home featured as Pemberley in a popular adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The group also spends time hiking and walking in two of England’s favorite outdoor areas, the Lake District and the Peak District. Participants will explore picturesque villages, wander beautiful gardens, and have afternoon tea in the historic city of Bath.

The trip cost of $3,500 includes round-trip airfare, lodging expenses, breakfasts, ground transportation, travel insurance, and admission to all sites in the trip's itinerary.

Space is limited, and an initial $500 deposit is required to secure a spot in the program.

Mr Darcy

FHU friends and alumni are invited to participate in the trip alongside current FHU students with a GPA of 2.50 or higher. Because of the active nature of this trip, travelers must be able to walk considerable distances, often over uneven surfaces.

The itinerary (see below) will include visits to historic sites associated with great English writers, such as Jane Austen's home in Chawton, the village of Haworth—home to the Bronte sisters—and William and Dorothy Wordsworth's Dove Cottage nestled in the Lake District.

The trip complements two courses offered at FHU in 2019-2020: Dr. McLaughlin's Romantic Poetry and Prose course, which will focus on the presentation of nature and landscape in British Romantic poetry and fiction, and Women Writers, taught by FHU professor Dr. Margaret Payne. Neither course is required to participate in the trip.

Peak District

Tentative Trip Itinerary

Friday, May 22 – Depart U.S. for London Heathrow (optional transfer from Henderson to Nashville)

Saturday, May 23 – London: city walk and visit to Westminster Abbey
Overnight in London

Sunday, May 24 – London: worship with Wembley Church of Christ; Keats House; free time
Overnight in London

Monday, May 25 – London: free time
Overnight in London

Tuesday, May 26 – Day trip to Village of Alton: Jane Austen House and Chawton House Library
Overnight in London

Wednesday, May 27 – Bath: Jane Austen-themed walking tour
Overnight in Bath

Thursday, May 28 – Stourhead Gardens; Stonehenge
Overnight in Bath

Friday, May 29 – York: York Minster and free time
Overnight in York

Saturday, May 30 – Yorkshire Dales and Haworth
Overnight in York

Sunday, May 31 – Peak District: Hathersage, Stanage Edge hike
Overnight in Sheffield

Monday, June 1 – Peak District: Bakewell, Chatsworth House
Overnight in Sheffield

Tuesday, June 2 – Lake District: Keswick, optional stone circle hike
Overnight in Keswick

Wednesday, June 3 – Lake District: Cat Bells hike, Keswick Launch, explore and shop in Keswick
Overnight in Keswick

Thursday, June 4 – Lake District: Grasmere, Wordsworth's Dove Cottage tour and seminar
Overnight in Keswick

Friday, June 5 – Lake District: optional Buttermere hike (easy); train to London
Overnight near London Heathrow

Saturday, June 6 – Return to U.S.

Josh Barber, B.A., M.A.
Office of International Education

Joy Simon McDaniel House, Room 4

John McLaughlin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Old Main, Room 218