Stansted town guide
Stansted Mountfitchet, a small village just to the north east of the town of Bishops Stortford would probably have remained almost unknown if it were not for the development of the eponymous London Stansted Airport on it doorstep.
The village stands close to the junction of the M11 Motorway with the A120, which is also the junction for Stansted Airport.
Clearly most visitors to the area will be heading for the Airport, if not by hire car then perhaps by the direct rail link, Stansted Express from London's Liverpool Street Station.
To the east of Stansted Airport lies Great Dunmow an interesting and ancient town with a history that stretches back as far its Celtic name implies.
For the visitor to the area probably the prettiest attraction will be the locations associated with the great English landscape painter, Constable. Many of these are still identifiable, although changed by the passing of the years.
Stansted Airport is the fourth busiest in the UK and one of the major gateways for visitors to London. The arrival of low cost operators has led the expansion of both Stansted Airport and the airline industry in general to the point where in a little over a decade Stansted Airport has grown to a passenger volume just short of twenty million.
In 1991 the airport was re-opened following its redevelopment to cater for the planned increase in traffic. The terminal building, designed by Sir Norman Foster was acclaimed through the industry for its open and airy design that leaves the passengers with a view of the airport operations and the surrounding countryside.