Waltham Abbey, right on the border with Hertfordshire, close to London, yet very much a country town with Epping Forest to the east and Lee Valley to the west.
The town has a long history, originally based on the Abbey itself, with Royal visitors from the 11th century onwards.
After becoming a market town the Gun Powder Mills were established in the 1500's, the gunpowder being transported by barge. The industry stopped finally after the Second World War, the mills becoming an explosives research establishment which closed in the 1990's.
Today there is still a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, continuing a 700 year old tradition. Old buildings can be seen in the town and the Lee Canal, to the west, once used to transport the gunpowder, is now a pleasant place to walk.
There is a leisure park, Town Mead, with lake, adventure playground, shop, putting green, picnic and barbecue areas, as well as football pitches and tennis courts.
River Lee Country Park Wildlife and walks in the Lee Valley.
Lee Valley Regional Park Plenty to explore in this park that goes from Hertfordshire to the north all the way south to East London.
Lee Valley Park Farms Two farms with animals and play areas.
Lee Valley Boat Centre 4.0 miles A nice place for messing around in a boat.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve 5.6 miles Enjoy the great outdoors with a walk in the woods.
Waltham Abbey Church A Norman Abbey, with bells, in pleasant gardens.
Gibberd Gallery 6.8 miles Watercolours and drawings collection.
Copped Hall 2.9 miles A Georgian mansion with parkland.
Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge 3.6 miles A timbered framed building built for Henry VIII.
Rye House Gatehouse 5.9 miles All that is left of a large manor house.
Off to Epping Forest
Towns Near Waltham Abbey To Visit - straight line distance:Waltham Cross (1.51 miles) Cheshunt (1.95 miles) Broxbourne (4.26 miles) Epping (4.70 miles)