A beautiful county with charming towns and easy connections to London
Essex is one of the most desirable places to live in the country. It’s a county of contrasts. On the one hand you have exciting towns and cities such as Chelmsford and Colchester; thriving urban centres with great shopping, and lively nightlife. On the other you don’t have to travel far to see Essex is still a rural county at heart, with the Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north, ancient Epping Forest in the south and a patchwork of fields, rivers, woods and small market towns and villages in between.
Essex has the longest coastline in the country, with 350 miles of sandy beaches, saltmarshes, estuaries and mudflats. This gives you plentiful opportunities for a whole manner of leisure pursuits, from family seaside fun – try Southend for the longest pleasure pier in the world – to nature watching and long walks, to sailing and other watersports. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, there are many award-winning foodie establishments offering all manner of styles in the county that was Jamie Oliver’s childhood home.
The A12, M11 and M25 ensure excellent road connections to London and the rest of the country. If you want to let the train take the strain, the Great Eastern Main Line and the West Anglia Main Line serve Essex, and around 110 trains travel between London Liverpool Street and Chelmsford every day, with an average journey time of 42 minutes. You can also join the London Underground network without leaving Essex since the Central line starts in Epping.
Essex has two airports: London Stansted Airport which connects with destinations across Europe, Asia and North Africa, and London Southend Airport which also serves Europe.
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