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Rickmansworth Victorian Evening & Christmas lights switch on 2009

As it’s our first Christmas in Rickmansworth we decided to make the most of the local seasonal events. This involves the customary Christmas lights switch on which is combined with a Victorian Evening. This is a nice community event with stalls from local organisations, businesses and rides for the kids. Here’s a selection of snaps from the evening:

Mulled wine available in exchange for a donation to charity
Mulled wine available in exchange for a donation to charity
Entertainment and crowds
Entertainment and crowds

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Another stop in Metro-land: Great Missenden

The Mule is gradually visiting the varied places that comprise Metro-land, as the area along the Metropolitan Railway (now Metropolitan Line on the tube) was marketed in the 1920s.

Our latest trip is to Great Missenden. A large village located in the Chilterns, it is best known for being home to Roald Dahl and there’s now a museum to the man and the characters of his books, making it a popular family destination. The village is full of picturesque, historic buildings, which also makes it worth a wander around with a camera, which is precisely what we did. Take a look at our photos of Great Missenden on Flickr. There’s also a good selection of cafes, pubs and interesting shops.

Great Missenden

Here are photos of other stops in Metro-land we’ve visited, on our Flickr channel:

Aylesbury
Wendover
Chorleywood
Rickmansworth

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An introduction to Rickmansworth

The blog has been unusually quiet in recent weeks, however with good reason, as the Mule has been on the move. While remaining in the heart of Metro-land, we’ve ventured further up the Metropolitan line, beyond the bounds of Greater London and into the Hertfordshire countryside. In a search of that elusive combination of rural idyll and urban convenience at a price that’s affordable we’ve ended up in Rickmansworth. A smallish town of some 14,000 or so, it’s nevertheless home to the district council, has a decent selection of shops and eateries, good connections to London while being just 3 miles from the megastore shopping of Watford. Being beyond the London sprawl the countryside is on the doorstep, in the form of lakes, rivers and the Grand Union canal.

We’re hoping it will suit us nicely. It’s true that while Rickmansworth lacks something of the charm and fancy restaurants of Pinner, there’s a strong population of young professionals and we’ll not object to decent, reasonably priced meals out plus a couple of fine old pubs given a modern twist.

Regular visitors to the blog will know that the Mule is fond of snickets; those often little know alleys and paths linking streets. Metro-land is prime territory for snickets, perhaps owing to the preponderance of inter-war housing. Rickmansworth is no exception and we quickly discovered a handy snicket for accessing Waitrose:

Rickmansworth snicket to Waitrose
Rickmansworth snicket to Waitrose

We’re still very much in the early stages of exploring the area, however, and we’d much appreciate any local recommendations of eateries, hostelries, shops, services, walks, entertainment etc.

More from Dara Towers and Rickmansworth to follow!

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Welcome to Metroland

The mule comes to you from the heart of Metroland, that area to the North West of London along the Metropolitan line of the Underground, publicised as the enticing Metroland by the Metropolitan Railway (as was) during the inter-war years of the 20th century. Thanks go to local blogger Brady Rafuse for bringing Diamond Geezer’s excellent guide to Metroland to my attention. In it he revisited the stations and places, past and present along the Met line.

Back in the summer we also explored a few other pleasant corners of Metroland, including charming Old Amersham and the canal at Rickmansworth:

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