Bartlow isn’t really a village you pass through, which makes it very lovely, but can also mean you might be in your 30s before you realise the utterly splendid local pub is called The Three Hills, rather than The Three Eels. Such is the risk of a dropped H and a poor grasp of local history, as its name comes from ancient burial mounds that are a scheduled site of scientific interest at the edge of the village.
Bartlow isn’t really a village you pass through, which makes it very lovely
It’s about 10 miles southeast of the city boundary making it very pleasantly rural and traditional, but is only a short distance off the A1307 at the Linton turn so is easy to get to. Linton (1.5 miles) is the main place to nip to for day-to-day things, with its primary and secondary schools, decent Co-Op supermarket, café, more pubs and other shops. Or the town of Saffron Walden is just across the Essex border, about 6 miles away.