People who are planning to travel to Romford to watch the Romford Raiders play should allow time to spend the day exploring Saffron Walden. The charming town of Saffron Walden is situated in the northwest of Essex and is a delightful place to visit due to the fact it has retained its small market town feel, created by the many old buildings dating back to the medieval period. The town gained its name from a traditional local industry that produced yellow dye from the saffron flower, which was then used in the town to color cloth up until the 18th century.
One of the most prominent landmarks in the area is the ruins of Walden Castle, dating from the 12th century. The castle fell into disrepair after the medieval period and many local houses were since constructed from flint taken from the castle. No trip to the castle is complete without also visiting the Maze, which is England’s largest turf maze. Consisting of many circular excavations, the maze dates from the 17th century and is currently in excellent condition.
The largest parish church in Essex is Saffron Walden’s majestic 15th century St Mary’s church, while the magnificent Audley End Manor House, built in the 17th century by the Earl of Suffolk, also makes for a great daytrip, despite two thirds of it having been demolished to ease maintenance. Children are well catered for here, with the Audley End Miniature Railway located within the excellently maintained grounds of the manor. The railway covers a distance of two kilometers, traveling through woodland that features many teddies.
Visitors will not be disappointed with the town’s quaint shopping facilities or the many restaurants on-hand. There are also numerous pubs in the area, while those seeking to go rambling will be delighted with the range of parks and woodlands on offer nearby. The Saffron Walden Museum is also well worth a look.