If the perfect blend of town and countryside is what you’re after, then you won’t want to miss Saffron Walden. The picturesque market town is located in the heart of the Essex countryside, 12 miles north of Bishop’s Stortford, and 15 miles south of Cambridge. Not only is there outdoor space in abundance, but it’s easy for commuting with rail links into London in less than an hour…
What to do
Saffron Walden draws many visitors to the area – and with good reason. Its excellent range of attractions includes Audley End House and Gardens, one of England’s grandest mansions with impressive stately rooms and grounds to explore. Alternatively, the Audley End Miniature Railway provides a 1.5-mile round trip through enchanting local woodland – perfect for children’s imaginations to run wild. After a major restoration project, the 19th Century Bridge End Garden has now been beautifully restored to its former glory and is open for visitors to explore its winding paths and hedge maze.
Where to eat
The town has a great range of local cafés and restaurants. For something light to eat, enjoy a pastry at the Triptree Tea Room, located just off the main square. Alternatively, for a quintessential country pub, be sure to book at Fleur De Lys. Every Tuesday and Saturday, the town holds a market that includes different culinary themes throughout the year, including French and Italian. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver lives locally and patronises a number of the food stalls on display.
Saffron Walden is well placed for travel, situated just of the M11 and with London Stansted Airport located under 14 miles away. For train travel, Audley End station is just an eight-minute car journey from the centre of town and provides journeys into the capital in 51 minutes.
Education, education, education
The town has a superb range of high-achieving schools in the area, including Boreham Primary School, Clavering Primary School and the Saffron Walden Country High School, all of which have achieved ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Where to live? Crocus Fields
Newly launched Crocus Fields is a pristine collection of three and four-bedroom family homes located a mile north of the town centre with prices starting from just £460,000. For more information visit the Crocus Fields site page.