Residents of Amersham will no doubt be familiar with Chesham. A short drive along Amersham Road (the A416) and there you are. With plenty of public car parks, there are enough shops to keep you busy all day, and a good mix of chains and independents. It also hosts a popular market every Wednesday and Saturday on the high street, where the atmosphere is always cheerful and buzzing. The town was granted a royal charter for their market in 1257 by Henry III.
Chesham’s old town, although small, is picturesque and quaint with its winding cobbled streets and St Mary’s church. The earliest records of Chesham as a settlement are from the second half of the 10th century, although there is archaeological evidence of people in this area from around 8000 BC.
Perfect for a picnic in the summer, a walk in the autumn or even a sledge in the snow, Lowndes Park covers 36 acres and provides children’s play areas, a sports court, a skateboard park and a duck pond. The ‘historic avenue’ provides a cycle route, and open air concerts are regularly held throughout the summer season. If you manage to reach the very top of the park, the view over Chesham is magnificent.
Within walking distance from Chesham, and perhaps lesser known, is the lovely hamlet of Lye Green. On driving into it from Chesham, you feel a sense of calm as you leave the bustle of the main town and pass the green, surrounded by beautiful and well-kept houses. The hub of Lye Green is undoubtedly The Black Cat, a public house run by Louis and Elaine that holds a rich history. You can read our full review of The Black Cat in the ‘Reviews’ section of our website.
If you choose to spend a day exploring the Chesham area, make sure you fit in a trip to Latimer. By far one of my favourite places in Bucks, entering Latimer is like stepping into a traditional fairy-tale, complete with a water pump, 17 th and 18 th century cottages, and of course De Vere Latimer Estate (formerly Latimer Place), a renowned hotel and wedding venue offering breath-taking views across the Chess Valley. Its 30 acres of parkland are free to be explored by the public.
There are many walking and cycle routes that can be taken around Chesham, Lye Green and Latimer, many of which can be found on the following websites: