This compact and charming town offers a good selection of independent stores and quality eating places and is surrounded by rolling agricultural landscape and picture postcard villages. There are 167 Listed buildings in the town which give the town its character and this is complemented by attractive open spaces including the Doctor’s Pond, named after an 18th Century local doctor who stocked it with the leeches he used to treat a number of ailments.
Dunmow is also home to the famous Flitch Trials which date back to 1104 and where married couples compete to convince a jury that they have not wished themselves unmarried in the past year in order to win a flitch of bacon.
Some of Essex’s most beautiful villages, including Finchingfield and Great Bardfield, and the popular market towns of Saffron Walden and Thaxted are close by. There are many National Trust and English Heritage centres for visitors to enjoy, specifically Hatfield Forest which offers 1000 acres of woodland to explore and the Gardens of Easton Lodge which have glorious displays of snowdrops and daffodils in the spring. The Flitch Way also runs close to the town and is a 15 mile former railway line that runs between Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree offering a safe and easy environment for cyclists and walkers.
The town is served by the new A120 trunk road and is now within a 10 minute drive of the M11 and Stansted Airport, with its increasing number of European and long haul destinations, making it an ideal location for the commuter. It is also within an easy 9 mile drive of Bishop’s Stortford and 12 of Chelmsford, both of which provide extensive shopping and recreational facilities as well as a high speed train link into London Liverpool Street. There are also some excellent primary and secondary schools, plus the exceptional Felsted School, making it a popular area for young families.