Located just 13 miles from Charing Cross, Cheshunt is a leafy dormitory town in the Borough of Broxborne, Hertfordshire. It is part of the Greater London Urban Area and London commuter belt served by Cheshunt railway station.
Situated just to the west of the River Lea and Lee Valley Park – Greater London’s largest, at four times the size of Richmond Park – Cheshunt is a pleasing mix of modern and historical. The buildings of Dewhurst Charity School, founded by Robert Dewhurst in 1640, and the nearby houses in Churchgate are both protected by a conservation area. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I lived in the town during her younger life?
Cheshunt is far enough away from London to retain a more rural, ‘villagey’ feel – rolling countryside is often within walking distance, offering hassled commuters the perfect respite from their busy working lives – but it is also a largely modern place with all the usual amenities associated with 21st Century living.
There is an eclectic mix of property on offer in Cheshunt, with conventional two and three bed terraced houses and various new build homes and flats providing good accommodation for young families and professional couples. Further out, swanky barn conversions and large detached houses offering views of the countryside are commonplace. There is something to suit every taste and budget, and you are likely to get more bang for your buck than you would in the capital, although this is slightly offset by the higher travel costs that come with commuting longer distances.
The high street has a good range of shops, both branded and independent, and the town is also home to a number of interesting pubs and bars. The Laura Trott Leisure Centre, named in honour of the Double Olympic Champion cyclist who grew up in Cheshunt, offers a wide range of facilities including a floodlit 5-a-side football pitch, a multi-purpose sports hall, a swimming pool and a crèche.
Cheshunt is known as a bit of a ‘walker’s paradise’. Due to its abundance of green space, the area is an ideal location for countryside walks, with Lee Valley Park right on its doorstep. Water sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, with white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and various other water activities all available in the local area.
As part of London Oyster Zone 8, trains from Cheshunt Station run to Liverpool Street and Stratford, getting you to the capital in around 20 minutes. There are also connections to the Victoria Line at Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters. Cockfosters and Oakwood, both on the Piccadilly Line, are a little further afield. National Rail services operate from nearby Waltham Cross, Theobalds Grove, Cuffley and Enfield Lock. London’s Crossrail 2, if approved, would also stop at Cheshunt. The town is also well-connected by road and bus, and the Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 passes through Cheshunt as part of its route connecting Dover to Shetland.
Eating and Drinking
Described as Hertfordshire’s best-kept secret, Sub Xpress dishes up unbeatable, freshly-made pizzas at very reasonable prices. The Coach & Horses gastropub is the place to go for tapas and cocktails, whilst Emmi offers authentic Turkish cuisine with a smile. For Indian food, Mahek, De Ja Vu and Raj Vogue all serve up excellent value curries in intimate, family-friendly surroundings. For a relatively small town, there is a remarkable amount of choice when it comes to eating and drinking establishments.
Nurseries: Brookland Infant and Nursery School, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries, Rafles Day Nursery
Primary: Millbrook School, Andrews Lane Primary School, Bonney Grove Primary School
Secondary: Cheshunt School, Goffs School, St Mary's Church of England High School
9 Lynton Parade,
Tel: 01992 635735 • Fax: 01707 878942
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