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21 September 2022

Living in Leighton Buzzard – A Moving Guide

If you are deciding whether or not living in Leighton Buzzard is a good idea, read on.

Before you decide to move anywhere, it helps to know a little about what to expect when you get there.

You may already be familiar with the area you are relocating to, which always makes the move a little less stressful.

Other situations such as job promotion, moving to another part of the UK, or simply moving to be closer to family are all likely to take you away from familiar territory.

It may sound strange, but more people than you think up sticks and move home without fully knowing what their new location offers.

This guide to Leighton Buzzard aims to provide you with some basic information about the area.

We hope it will go some way to easing your uncertainty so that you are not totally uninformed when you arrive.

In no time at all you will find that you adjust quickly to your new surroundings, settle in, and start making new friends.

Where is Leighton Buzzard?

The town sits within the county of Bedfordshire, in the southwest of the county in Eastern England.

It lies amid a number of large towns in the region and is closely associated with its neighbour Linslade.

Linslade is a parish that borders the town. Due to their close ties, the area is often referred to as Leighton-Linslade.

Woburn, Aylesbury, Tring, Luton, Dunstable, and Milton Keynes are all easily accessible from Leighton Buzzard.

The residential areas extend on either side of the River Ouzel, a tributary of the River Great Ouse which winds through the town.

Transport Connections in Leighton Buzzard

It doesn’t matter if you drive to your destination or use public transport. Getting about the region is very efficient due to the great transport links the town enjoys.

Several rail companies combine to supply fast rail journeys to Milton Keynes (11 mins), Woburn (30 mins) and Luton (55 mins).

Services into London are also absolutely ideal for commuters and run every 30 minutes into Euston Station.

There is also an alternative way to travel to the city.

Marshalls Coaches have a service specifically aimed at London commuters.

It is a cheaper and some say, a more comfortable alternative to taking the train and certainly less stressful than driving yourself.

As with all larger towns, travelling by road is busy during the rush hour times.

Leighton has the major motorway M1 and the A5 close by, allowing for both fast and efficient travel around the region by road.

Council Services for Leighton Buzzard

Being new to an area means that you need to register with the local authorities.

Central Bedfordshire Council is responsible for council services for Leighton Buzzard residents.

The council will help you with all the practical aid you need as part of establishing yourself in the community.

School information, bin collections, health and social care and Council Tax are just some of the many things they deal with.

A mine of information, visit the local council’s website to find out what else they can help you with when you first move in.

Health Care Facilities in Leighton Buzzard

Registering with a local doctor and dentist is yet another essential job you must do as quickly as you can.

Registering is simple.

You just need to inform your current doctor and dental surgeries that you are moving. Give them your new surgeries’ contact details and your records will be sent on automatically.

Just be aware it may take several days for your records to arrive at your chosen surgery in Leighton Buzzard.

The surgery you are assigned to will be dependent on which is closest to your home address.

To find out how to choose and register with your closest local GP or NHS dentist simply visit the NHS Website.

Leighton Buzzard shopping

Shopping in Leighton Buzzard

It is good to know that you can do the weekly shopping in Leighton without having the hassle of travelling out of town.

All the usual suspects are to be found locally.

Tesco has a superstore in the town centre. Waitrose, Morrisons, Aldi, M&S Foodhall, Sainsbury’s and Co-op are all here as well.

Winterborne Walk is a small shopping centre, found at the heart of the town. The centre is home to a great mix of high street names and boutiques, including fashions, eateries, and department stores.

Complementing these well know stores is a bi-weekly farmer’s market. Ideal for buying fresh locally made produce.

If you are looking to spend the whole day shopping for anything other than food, head to some of the larger towns in the area.

Milton Keynes, Luton, and of course London are all relatively short journeys from Leighton, and they will provide the keenest of fashionistas with plenty of options to add to their wardrobes.

Education Provision for Leighton Buzzard

Those on the move with children will have the added worry of finding suitable schools.

Plans for moving to a new school need to be in place well before the actual move date.

It is a good idea to spend some time visiting some of the local schools. You need to be sure you have found the right one for your child.

Schools in the area are run by a three-tier system, lower (3-9 years), middle (9-13 years), and upper schools (13-18 years).

Upper schools are doing particularly well at the moment. Their GCSE results indicate that students are achieving higher than National averages.

Leighton Buzzard has two upper schools, Cedars Upper School and Vandyke Upper School. Following their latest inspections both are “good” reports Ofsted.

Of the 13 lower schools, three require improvement, and eight have been rated as “good” by Ofsted.

The remaining two lower schools, St Leonard’s VA Lower School and Pulford VA C of E Lower School are both Ofsted rated “outstanding”. As a result, getting a place at wither school can be difficult.

To complete the available state schools in the town, the remaining four middle schools also perform very well and have been all rated as “good”.

Not far from the town there are a couple of private options.

Swanbourne House is a co-ed independent for ages 3-13, and OneSchool Global UK in Dunstable caters for ages 7-18.

Leighton Buzzard property market

Property Market in Leighton Buzzard

Finding your forever home takes time and patience.

Just some of the factors to consider are costs, what can you afford? Where in town are the best streets? Where are the best schools located so you can be close to them?

Having so much to think about makes it is hard to know where to begin.

Firstly, considering Leighton is a top commuter town, its property is relatively reasonably priced.

Based on the 135 homes on the market, the average cost to buy is £364,975.

A one-bedroom home can be bought for between £140,000 and £190,000.

Two Beds sell for between £179,000 and £440,000.

For a home which is three bedrooms or larger you should budget for between £330,0thatd £900,000. This sized property dominates the market with 67 currently available.

For those with children, being within the catchment area of a good school is imperative.

Homes found close to good schools are always very sought after, as are those within an easy walk to the railway station.

Vandyke Upper School is on the east edge of town, along Vandyke Road, and on the west edge of town, in Linslade, is Cedars Upper School. Both these are good areas to conduct your search.

Stats according to Zoopla September 2022

Tips for Finding Your Best Home in Leighton Buzzard

Ensuring you choose a neighbourhood that satisfies all your requirements can make or break your new start. Location, location, location as they say!

There are some really helpful websites out there designed to aid you in choosing where to live and what to look out for.

Which has an incredibly helpful page dedicated to just that, finding the best place to live. Check it out before you start your search.

Green Areas Surrounding Leighton Buzzard

With a population of around 40,000 people, Leighton-Linslade is the largest settlement in Central Bedfordshire.

We all need to know that when it is time to relax away from work, that there is a good choice of recreational activities locally.

To satisfy the requirement for open space, a chance for people to enjoy time with family and friends, Leighton Buzzard has oodles of areas offering plenty of elbow room.

Tiddenfoot Waterside Park is a lovely space to visit. Owned by Central Bedfordshire Council, it has a fishing lake, a willow wooded area, and lots of room to enjoy walks surrounded by nature.

Parsons Close Recreation Ground is another popular spot. This park is great for little children. The park was awarded a Green Flag in 2015 and has kept it ever since. It has a free splash park a large sandpit and other things young children love to enjoy.

The Grand Union Canal runs through the town and is the perfect place to enjoy leisurely walks, cycle, and fish.

The cherry on the top as far as green space goes, is that the town sits very close to the Chiltern Hills an area of great natural beauty covering 660 square miles.

Leighton Buzzard Woburn Abbey

Attractions Near Leighton Buzzard

Not only does the town provide plenty to do and see, but the wider county also has some exciting places to visit.

Local Groups and Associations

It has been proven again and again that the best way to get to know people in a new area is to join local groups.

Clubs, associations, and societies, Leighton is full of them.

From sports clubs to the photographic club and everything in between. Here are a few to consider:

Archaeological & Historical Society, Tel. 01525 376 550
Bridge Club, Tel. 01296 661 803
• Photographic Club, Tel. 01525 372 075
Rotary Club
• Wine circle, Tel. 01525 853 412

Of course, there are plenty more to investigate. For a comprehensive list of community groups, visit the Living in Leighton Buzzard website.

Ready to Move to Leighton Buzzard?

As you can now see, the lovely town of Leighton Buzzard has an awful lot going for it.

If you are prepared to put in the effort to make friends and become part of the local community, there is absolutely no reason to regret your decision to move to Leighton Buzzard.

At Lund Conlon, we are very proud of our solid reputation as an honest, good value, reliable removal service. It has taken us 35 years to build it!

We provide a quality removal service to the whole of Bedfordshire including Leighton Buzzard.

We can also transport your belongings further afield to Europe and internationally and we can store them for you if you need it.

To book a home survey give us a call today so that we can provide you with our no-obligation free-of-charge quotation.

If you have a busy lifestyle like so many of us these days, we can also conduct a virtual survey, saving you having to take time off work.

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