Waltham Cross stands in the south-east of Hertfordshire, at the junction of the M25 and A10.
The town derives its name from the stone cross brought to the district in the 11th century by Tovi the Proud, King Canute's standard bearer.
However, Waltham Cross is more famous for its beautiful Eleanor Cross, a Grade I listed medieval stone monument that stands in the High Street.
The Eleanor Cross is one of only three crosses to have survived to the present day.
At the centre of the modern town is an attractive area of covered shops.
This is surrounded by a pedestrianised area, providing space for open air markets on Wednesdays and Fridays and street entertainment.
Waltham Cross, and adjoining Cheshunt, are set on the edge of the Lee Valley Park. Just a mile across the River Lee stands Waltham Abbey (in Essex).
Eleanor Cross A very famous cross in the centre of the town.
Towns Near Waltham Cross To Visit - straight line distance:Cheshunt (1.18 miles) Waltham Abbey (1.51 miles) Broxbourne (4.24 miles) Hoddensdon (5.33 miles)