4th January 2015: Amersham Circular

Polly and I walked 8 miles through the mists and the mud from Amersham to Chalfont St Giles and back. When we got to Chalfont St Giles we went eagerly to the Feathers pub- but it was completely empty. Like that ship that was abandoned at sea. At last a barman surfaced and gave us horrible orange squash flavoured with lemonade as he didn’t have any soda. The other pubs proved just as empty and Chalfont St Giles had a generally run-down air. But a nice little delicatessen provided tea for our lunch on a bench on the green. It was so misty that returning through the woods by Amersham station we nearly had to grope our way by the light of our phones. But it was fun and is a pleasant easy walk, especially if you can see the hills.

AmershamThe photo is of a monument on the edge of Amersham to three protestants who were burned at the stake presumably by Bloody Mary. One man’s daughter was forced to light the faggots. Plus ca change!


About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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