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Travelling around Harlow

Travelling around Harlow

Harlow, a town located in the west of Essex, England, is an intriguing mix of the old and the new. Located on the border with Hertfordshire, close to the River Stort, the bulk of Harlow is made up of a New Town constructed in 1947. It was planned and built to be sympathetic to the surrounding countryside, which is underlined by the presence of green open spaces in the heart of the town.

Earlier eras are represented by the presence of Old Harlow, a suburb which resembles a small village, complete with numerous examples of Victorian architecture.

The presence of the M11 motorway to the east of Harlow has helped to turn it into a transport hub with quick links to the M25 and London Stanstead Airport. Arriva buses run throughout Harlow and use it as a base to serve places, such as Chelmsford, Bishop’s Stortford and Welwyn Garden City. 


River in Harlow, UK

The vision that was set out when the New Town of Harlow was created means you’re never more than a few minutes away from fresh air and open spaces. It is completely surrounded by Green Belt land, and a third of the town itself is made up of parks or open land crossed with footpaths.

If you’re a fan of art, particularly sculpture, then the centre of Harlow is an absolute must-see. The town is home to more than 100 public sculptures by respected artists, such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin.

If walking around all one hundred sounds a little daunting then why not cycle – Harlow is home to one of the most extensive cycle track networks in England.