It’s easy to get into a routine and fall into regular patterns, especially when it comes to filling our weekends and evenings.
There’s two easy options in Hertfordshire, we can either go to our favourites within the county, or just head into London for everything the capital has to offer.
Both are great choices of course, but sometimes it’s easy to forget just what’s on offer either side of our county.
Buckinghamshire especially shares much of the same countryside quiet with the Chilterns spreading between Dacorum and into Bucks.
The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is of course the main draw for visitors and locals to the area.
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One of the most popular towns just on the Bucks-side of the border is Amersham.
The town was recently named as one of the best places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, and the Telegraph called it one of their ‘It towns’ that buyers should consider.
Their experts love that it’s connected to the Metropolitan Line and has a mainline rail service so there’s still that link to London, while also feeling like a country town.
While at HertsLive we can’t encourage people to move away from the county, it’s definitely worth visiting.
There are plenty of independent businesses to enjoy from traditional pubs to cocktail spots and top quality food.
There’s the Michelin Star winning Artichoke, which has also been named as on the Top 50 UK Restaurants in the Good Food guide 2020, while there’s another Michelin-starred chef serving meals at Hawkyns.
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As with many of the towns in Herts, there’s a split between a new town (although locals will insist you refer to it as Amersham on the Hill) and the Old Town, but you can’t go wrong visiting either.
The Old Town is much smaller, but has a quainter feel away from the rush of the busier part of town with a selection of smaller business but still a couple of bigger names.
Amersham on the Hill has a bustling high street and despite being busier, it has everything you need and there are flashes of mock Tudor, meaning that it definitely still has some character of its own.
If you are considering a move across the border, unfortunately there’s very Hertfordshire-esque house prices.
Zoopla estimates the average house price at £682,647 – so it’s not somewhere to go to save some money on a move, however it’s still easy travelling for a day out.
There are also plenty of other quaint high streets to explore nearby, including Little Chalfont and Chesham – meaning it’s ideal for when you want to explore the countryside somewhere new without being too far away from a coffee or a pint as a reward.
In Hertfordshire we do benefit from parts of the Chilterns, but to explore it completely you need to stop off in our neighbouring counties, but as one of just 34 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, it’s well worth the trip.
And then best bit? You can get the tube straight back home!