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).
River Lee Country Park 1.7 miles Wildlife and walks in the Lee Valley.
Lee Valley Regional Park 2.3 miles Plenty to explore in this park that goes from Hertfordshire to the north all the way south to East London.
Lee Valley Park Farms 2.3 miles 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 6.7 miles Enjoy the great outdoors with a walk in the woods.
Waltham Abbey Church 1.3 miles A Norman Abbey, with bells, in pleasant gardens.
Gibberd Gallery 7.8 miles Watercolours and drawings collection.
Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge 4.2 miles A timbered framed building built for Henry VIII.
Copped Hall 4.3 miles A Georgian mansion with parkland.
Rye House Gatehouse 6.1 miles All that is left of a large manor house.
Royal Gunpowder Mills The history of the mills and the science of explosions.
Epping Forest District Museum 1.4 miles Discover the local history in the town museum.
Bruce Castle Museum 6.3 miles
Eleanor Cross A very famous cross in the centre of the town.
Rye Meads Nature Reserve 6.3 miles A small nature reserve, yet quite a lot to see.
Paradise Wildlife Park 4.2 miles One of the county's top family attractions.
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)