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Living in Henlow: The local area guide

Tucked away in Central Bedfordshire is the charming, spacious village of Henlow. A beautiful 13th century church is its central feature, though the Champney’s health resort and spa in the historic Henlow Grange manor home is perhaps its most well-known attraction. The village is home to several families and is close to the RAF Henlow military and training base.

The village’s charming character is defined by the various streams that run through and alongside it, sourced from the gentle currents of the River Ivel. A collection of lakes are interspersed with the river to the east of the village, and within this area is a host of birds and woodland creatures. The enchanting Swiss Gardens, a peacock settlement, a grotto, an RSPB Nature Reserve and several interesting museums are all part of the village's unique countryside allure.

Demographics

Henlow is a village and civil parish in the ward of Arlesey. Henlow’s total population is 3,815, out of Arlesey’s 14,572. Nearly 85% of the working age population is employed, and 97% of the population is white British. The most common Occupations in Henlow specifically are Associate Professional & Technical, Professional, Managers and Senior Officials and Skilled Trades. The Associate Professional & Technical Occupation field is largely accounted for by those employed in Protective Service by the nearby RAF Henlow.

Education

There are three schools within Henlow: Raynsford C of E Academy, Derwent Lower School and Henlow C of E Academy. Each of these covers primary education, but Henlow Academy also extends to secondary. The nearest sixth forms are Samuel Whitbread Academy in Shefford, only 1.5 miles away, and Etonbury Academy, a comprehensive school less than two miles away in Arlesey.

Of the data available, Samuel Whitbread performs very well at Key Stage 4, with 90% of pupils being middle to high attainers. Etonbury Academy performs well at Key Stage 2, with 82% of pupils achieving, at least, level 4 in reading, writing and maths.

Should you not be satisfied with these options, the area is literally teeming with schools. According to the Department for Education, there are 51 schools within a five-mile radius.

Transport

Transport links for Henlow are excellent. The village is just off the A507 and is a short drive to the A1. Though most residents travel by car, bus services are available and Arlesey train station is only a 10-15-minute walk from Henlow’s high street. Arlesey has regular timetables with stops in nearby towns and has a quick direct service to London King's Cross that takes only 40 minutes. London can be reached in just under an hour by car, Luton in 23 minutes and Milton Keynes in 27 minutes.

Amenities and shopping

Henlow is a beautiful community with shops, pubs and restaurants along the High Street. Ansell Village Stores is the local convenience store and post office, and among its pubs and bars are The Crown gastro-pub, Engineers Arms, The Five Bells and the Bird in Hand Hotel. Langford Garden Centre is just a short drive up Langford road towards Langford and across from Baulk Wood.

There is a lovely park in the centre of the village, Henlow Golf Course, a cricket pitch and the Henlow Grange, a luxury health resort and spa from the Champney’s range that puts Henlow’s historic old manor home to excellent use as a countryside escape. Bedford to the north and Hitchin to the south extend shopping choice, particularly for groceries, but as the area is so well connected there are plenty of places within easy reach to expand the shopping options.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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