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Town Centre, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3YJ, www.visitnorthessex.co.uk, (4 miles, 7kms)
Busy town, standing at the crossing of two major Roman roads.
Nr Braintree, Essex, CM77 8JE, (6 miles, 9kms)
This was the earliest British settlement of the Knights Templar, who were granted the manor in 1135 by King Stephen.
Felstead, Essex, CM6 3DG, (4 miles, 7kms)
Nr Braintree, Essex, CM7 4NN, www.roger.beckwith.btinternet.co.uk/Finchingfield/index.htm, (8 miles, 12kms)
Finchingfield is on the B1052 Braintree to Saffron Walden road, fifty-four miles from London and close to Constable Country. In the time of William the Conqueror it was called Phincingfelda.
Town Centre, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1BG, www.greatdunmow-tc.gov.uk, (4 miles, 7kms)
Small market town, steeped in history. Mellow plaster cottages, riverside church and beautifully restored Malting.
Nr Braintree, Essex, CM7, (4 miles, 7kms)
In or near : Halstead, Essex, (8 miles, 12kms)
36 acre lake which runs water-skiing and fishing, overlooked by a picnic area. Natural beauty spot. Camping and caravan site also available.