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Living in Alton
The quaint, market town of Alton in Hampshire is located just off the A31 and at the end of a direct train line heading straight into London Waterloo. Besides being close to the commutable M3 and A3, Alton is surrounded by lovely English villages such as Bentworth, Bentley, Four Marks and Holybourne, all of which house a mix of modern and chocolate-box style properties. Alton is a great location for commuters, whether you’re travelling frequently to Gatwick and Heathrow airports; if you have a daily commute into London or if your job is based further south in areas such as Southampton, Portsmouth or Bournemouth. Alton is also a stones throw from the popular shopping and business hub of Basingstoke, or the historic town of Winchester; not forgetting the old-fashioned market town of Farnham. Bordon, Lindford and Beech are also within 7 miles of the Georgian town of Alton. Plus, you’re never far from the coast if you plan on travelling to Dorset or the coastal towns in West Sussex. Alton is the idea location to live, whether you’re a young family starting out, or you plan on down-sizing to a quiet, but beautiful location. Alton is full of great schools for children, but also has plenty to see and do if you’re wanting to enjoy life at a slower pace.
Things to do in Alton
Alton in Hampshire is probably most famous for being known as ‘Jane Austen’s town’ as she lived in a nearby village called Chawton and she regularly shopped in Alton back in the day. Jane Austen’s Museum is a great day out for the young and old alike. You’ll never be short of things to do if you live in Alton, whether you choose to reside in the town, or in a near by village. The historic town of Alton itself has a high street featuring popular brand names such as Boots, M&S, Iceland, a number of banks, WH Smith and Superdrug, along with some lovely country pubs, cafes and well-known restaurants such as Pizza Express, Zizzi and Prezzo located in the Market Square. You’ll also find a number of independent gift shops, charity shops, household stores and international restaurants. There are a number of good car parks in Alton so parking is never an issue. A weekly market takes place every Tuesday on the high street, which is pedestrianised for the event. However, if you find that you’ve exhausted things to do in Alton, why not hop on the direct train line from Alton station and explore the popular towns on your way into London Waterloo, which can be reached in just over an hour. Plus a ride on The Watercress Line, a restored stream train, is a must!
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Transport in Alton
The historic, market town of Alton in Hampshire has some excellent modes of transport, ferrying its visitors and residents to and from local or distant villages, towns and cities. Alton has a huge advantage, being situated at the end of the National Rail direct line into London’s Waterloo station. If you live in Alton, it only takes around an hour and ten minutes to travel into London; the direct train has a bi-hourly departure in both directions, making it convenient for commuters travelling in to the city every day for work. A superb bus system can transport you to any surrounding town, and the famous Watercress Line is also located at Alton train station, steaming guests to and from the old town of Alresford. If you plan on moving to a quieter town and you are a keen cyclist then Alton is an ideal spot to start your journey; follow magnificent countryside routes from Alton or map out a round-trip journey via Farnham, stopping at gorgeous countryside villages and pubs en-route. If you’re a rambler then Alton is also a great location to talk a long walk, or if you travel for work then Alton is in great proximity to Bournemouth, Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Working in Alton
There are a number of local and popular, well-known business brands based in Alton Hampshire, and, it’s a great town to re-locate to if you’re thinking of a career change. Alton isn’t huge, but it does have potential when it comes to finding a new job with challenging prospects. Popular travel agent Travelbag have been based on Alton’s high street for over 30 years. Alton houses a number of business parks that comprise of small, independent operations ranging from computer software companies to estate management companies, engineering services and more. The Alton Chambre of Commerce is located right on the high street in Alton. Plumbing and heating businesses, motor part companies, photography and dance studios, art and design companies and a number of sporting related businesses are all located in the Hampshire town of Alton. A number of well-known schools are also located in and around Alton, so if you’re re-locating to the town or area and area looking for a job in education, Alton could be ideal.