Hi guys, I’m back with the picturesque walks ideas close to London. This time, I will take you on a short half-day walk from Amersham to Chesham and back. For this circular walk near London, you don’t even need to have a car, as both of these stunning villages have excellent transport links (yes, they are on London Underground). This walk is effortless and doesn’t require any special shoes or training, and it’s an excellent idea for spending a couple of hours in the beautiful English countryside.
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Amersham to Chesham (or vice versa) circular walk: what do you need to know?
Alright, let’s start with the essential preparation for the walk! As I mentioned before, you don’t need to have a car to be able to get to the start of the route, as both Amersham and Chesham have access to London Underground (zone 9). You can start your walk in either of these places. We decided to walk from Amersham to Chesham, but you might as well start walking from Chesham to Amersham. Both small towns (I’d rather call them villages, but officially, I think, they are small towns) are located very close to each other, about 50 to 55 minutes walking (briskly).
You can either walk on the road (there is a wide sidewalk for pedestrians) or get inside the forests and spend a bit longer getting from Amersham to Chesham. However, isn’t this a whole point of the walk (being able to enjoy nice forests)?
If you decide to walk through the forest, make sure to bring comfortable shoes, like your favourite sneakers. For this walk, you won’t need any trekking shoes!
Definitely bring a camera with you (or, alternatively, your phone if it takes good photos too) as you’ll be able to see a lot of charming houses in Chesham!
Chesham to Amersham walk: the route
As I mentioned before, you can start this circular walk in either of the towns. We decided to start ours in Amersham simply because it was easy to find parking there.
We walked a bit about Amersham and headed to the direction of Chesham following the route we builts in Google maps. You can see our route map below.
We walked on the road for a while (as I said, there is a sidewalk, so it’s not that scary) and whenever we had a chance, we would go inside the forest. We took a path through the forest and entered Chesham from the forest. Unfortunately, it’s not of Google maps, but you won’t miss it, as it’s pretty prominent!
Later, we walked around Chesham and discovered some of its prettiest cottages. Unfortunately, it started to rain mid-way, so Chesham doesn’t look as nice in these photos as it does in real life. All you need to do is to use a little bit of imagination!
Anyway, Chesham is very pretty, so I definitely recommend going there for a walk! On the way back, we slightly changed the route before joining the highway that we used to get to Chesham.
Summary of Amersham to Chesham Circular Walk
In total, we spend around 2.5-3 hours on this walk. As we went there on Sunday afternoon, that was a perfect walk in terms of length and duration. It was an easy walk, so if you have small kids or you’re not used to walking a lot, you will definitely enjoy it!
You can also reduce the walk to a one-way route, especially if you don’t have a car and you’re not tied to one spot, where you parked it. In this case, you can have a very short 50-munute walk and some time to explore both Amersham and Chesham.
I would say this Amersham to Chesham walk would be perfect even for a short walk after work, as you don’t need that much time to complete it!
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions, please let me know!
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