A Tube ramble to the charming town of Chesham

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First view of town alighting from the Tube station

A tube what? A ramble! Regulars of my London blog entries will know I'm a massive massive fan of the London Tube Rambles site. This is a 3rd party site that gives Londoners and tourist regulars a "trail" in each of the major Tube stops  to  explore that area or town. As I've been becoming more and more familiar with London, I venture out for a ramble or 2 each trip.

So, with that said, I chose the charmingly quiet town of Chesham this time. As per the Rambles website, there's a near 4mile distance between stops making this the longest between 2 stops on the London Underground. The scenery was as described. It was rolling hills and a whole lot of green.

Market Square
One could also see the demographic change as we went outside Zone 3. Tourists with their backpacks and Nikon cameras were now replaced by adventure gear wearing bikers and hikers. Plus, the bountiful sun helped.

Tubes run every 30 minutes here, and this is one of the few tube stops  that have an  adjoining (free to use) toilet as well! The Chesham station was built somewhere in the late 19th century and the original building still stands (including the signal box, water tower and some original photos as well. I walked out of the station and pretty much followed the ramble note for note (although I was a bit concerned at one point when the page wouldn't pull up because I lost wifi connectivity). First order of the day was threading my way through the serpentine stalls of the Saturday Market to the nearest Cafe Nero for a quick bite. Ended up  a rather heavy bite (had a cheese toastie).

From there on, I followed the Ramble to a tee: notable places included the free history museum, the George and Dragon pub (still around since the "coaching" days) and then the Meades. I passed by what were once traditional spas (now replaced by petrol stations) and continued on to a quieter leafier part to see the oldest tennis club in the world, as well as the Church where they'd just finished a service. 

I retread by Lowndes Park back to the tube stop, and onto London. It was so sunny as hell that my ride back was a mix of people watching on the Tube and taking 5 min power naps.

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First view of town alighting from …
First view of town alighting from…
Market Square
Market Square
Saturday Market, Market Square
Saturday Market, Market Square
My cheese and tomato toastie at Ca…
My cheese and tomato toastie at C…
Typical market day out
Typical market day out
Market Square
Market Square
Art gallery and restaurant in  Fra…
Art gallery and restaurant in Fr…
A hark back to the days of the coa…
A hark back to the days of the co…
High Street
High Street
Market Square
Market Square
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
St Mary’s church - parts of the …
St Mary’s church - parts of the…
St Mary’s church
St Mary’s church
Lowndes Park
Lowndes Park
Lowndes Park
Lowndes Park
Market Square
Market Square
Chesham
photo by: Vikram