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Best of London’s Commuter Belt: Old Amersham

Old Amersham – Inspired by Do as the Locals Do

The guest post series I have been running for over a year now – Do as the Locals Do – has hopefully inspired many of you to visit a place and see it through the eyes of a local. A year ago, Gabby and James from the Globe Wanderers wrote a wonderful piece about their hometown Amersham.

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Immediately I knew that this was a town I wished to visit. It took me little over a year to finally get into zone 9 of London (yes, I thought it was a joke at first too!), and oh boy, how I loved this quintessential British town in the commuter belt of the capital.

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Visiting London's Zone 9: Old Amersham

New and Old Amersham

Easily confused, Amersham consists of two parts: old and new Amersham. I arrived on a warm Sunday morning at the Amersham railway station, which – not so conveniently – is located in the new part of town. The hourly train arrives here from Marylebone station in London and it is also connected to the Underground system by the Metropolitan Line.

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I made my way down the woods that led me to a beautiful viewpoint on top of a hill. When I looked around me I saw the Chiltern Hills and the village as a stunning postcard below me.

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I made my way across the community gardens on the edge of town until I arrived at the village’s church. How could it be that only 40 minutes ago, I had gotten on the Tube in one of the busiest parts of London, and now I was standing here, where everything looked perfect and absolutely tranquil?

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Town curiosities

I immediately recognized what I had already noticed on Gabby and James’ pictures: people love showing off their cars in this town! I guess the historical buildings of the town and the hills in the background make for that perfect backdrop!

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Flowers is another favourite of the town. And don’t you agree that it looks pretty lovely?!

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Even more flowers I found in the Amersham Garden of Remembrance. It is here that photographs of the life of Queen Elizabeth are displayed to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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Old Amersham… I’m a fan! Certainly I’m coming back for a day hike in the Chiltern. That’s for sure!
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Travellous World still welcomes entries for guest series Do as the Locals Do. Tell us about your home/birth town from a local’s perspective and inspire the world! Contact me for more details. 

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