Travelling around Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey is a traditional market town located in the Epping Forest district of Essex. The fact that it is just 14 miles away from central London has persuaded many workers to make their home in this richly historic corner of the UK.
As its name suggests, Waltham Abbey is dominated by the structure of the abbey church which stands imposingly at the centre of the town. Surrounding it are narrow streets lined with 16th-century timber-framed buildings and the historic feel of the town is enhanced by its association with figures such as King Harold, Henry II and Henry VIII.
The fact that it is located close to the M25 means that road links between Waltham Abbey and London are very strong, and Arriva buses run services in the locality, covering destinations such as Debden, Waltham Cross and Loughton.
If you want to make sure your trip goes with a bang, pay a visit to the Royal Gunpowder Mills to explore the history of gunpowder and rockets in explosive fashion.
For a slightly quieter experience, go along to Lee Valley Regional Park. This is made up of 26 miles of tranquil countryside stretched out along the River Lee. You can take a boat trip, enjoy a picnic, ride a bike or simply take a walk amidst the glorious landscape and wildlife.
If that sounds just a bit too restful then strap yourself in and take to the water at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. Some of these hair-raising slalom courses were used in the 2012 Olympics and are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.