- Living in Luton – terrible idea?
Ah, south and west Sheffield
It’s the nob head teens hanging around the streets and getting drunk and abusing passers by that won it for me.
Guy I used to house share with loved it when they tried to rob him of his take away pizza on the way home. No honestly he really appreciated it.
And the parking was just wonderful.
Oh, and Luton is a toilet. Work there by all means, but don’t live there.Posted 5 years agoneilforrowMember
Commute – the only option. Luton is a dump and Dunstable is it’s anus.
Horrible place. No snobbery in that statement either.
St Albans is OK but over priced (went to school there), Harpenden (worked there for a few years) is not so bad either, also spencive’ tho.
Look at Wheathampstead, Welwyn / WGC, Kimpton, Knebworth, Codicote. Nicer villages / towns and better riding that way (off the chalk downs to the west of luton).Posted 5 years ago
Are you at the kids stage? Because Harpenden / St Albans are defn nicer. But eye wateringly expensive
Nah, as of fairly recently, single 🙁 . So somewhere with a little bit going on would be good.
And i’ll be renting rather than buying.
daveatextremistsdotcouk – where would you recommend?Posted 5 years ago
I live 15 miles from Luton (north up the A6). The people we bought our house off told us they were moving to Harpenden but seemed to have stopped when they got as far as Stockwood Park (not too bad an area).
The area around between New Bedford Road (the A6) and Old Bedford Road isn’t too bad.
If I was a single bloke I’d move to Luton as it’s easier to be part of any work based social scene and I could put up with the downsides. If I was moving a family I’d look at the villages surrounding Luton up the A6 and over to Ampthill or Hitchin in the other direction – some lovely places.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve just been offered a job in Luton. It’s great and I’m definitely going to take it.
But… i’ll be relocating from Sheffield. Practically everyone I’ve asked has said Luton is a terrible place and I should just live in lovely St Albans or Harpenden instead and commute.
Is it really that bad? Things are going to be pretty full-on when i start and i’d like to avoid a daily commute if i can, at least to begin with.Posted 5 years ago
There must be a nice bit of town I can rent in for six months… is there?
x-post with the single statement.
My OH teaches in Luton, started recently, she was expecting the kids to be an absolute nightmare. But say’s they’re a delight in comparison to her old school (who mostly seemed to think Mummy and Daddy would look after them for the rest of their lives).Posted 5 years agoTooTallMember
i live in Dunstable which is within spitting distance of luton much nicer
Either they have razed Dunstable to the ground and started again (in the last 6 months) or you have a wide definition of the boundaries. The only good thing I can remember about Dunstable was playing ‘spot the crap cladding’ when driving through it.Posted 5 years ago
Hitchin was bearable and has access to countryside and a decent train to London.daveatextremistsdotcoukSubscriber
Finbar – Hitchin and Shefford are not too bad, or the villages within that triangle.
At least you’ve got Chicksands to ride in. Beware the clay soil makes for seriously sticky terrain in winter.
If I had to go back and I had the dosh, I’d live in Ickwell.Posted 5 years agobenslowMember
Luton is unfortunately a dump, theres no other way to describe it.
however theres nice towns surrounding as mentioned.
Another for Hitchin … 🙂
Its 10 miles East and a nice town.
Theres some good riding as well between the two on top of the other places mentioned.
The commute between Hitchin and Luton would be nice both off and on road.
Off road would be Icknield way door to door !Posted 5 years agovinnyehSubscriber
Avoid Harpenden, full of the most miserable people imaginable.
That’ll be me then.
I’m an imposter on singletrack – i’m all about road cycling
St. Albans has a pretty strong road scene, – two clubs I think. Loads of mamils in Harpenden, as well a fairly large mtb club.
I’d choose St. Albans if I were single, though harpenden can be pretty eye watering in the summer 🙂Posted 5 years ago
As Dave says Shefford is nice, as are Ampthill and (to a lesser extent) Flitwick. However, they’re also pretty small (for towns) so don’t have a huge amount going on. Hitchin is a bit bigger so has some relatively mainstream shops and more pubs.
Flitwick and Hitchin have the advantage of a train station making it easy to head elsewhere, especially London. Flitwick is on the Midland Mainline (like Luton), would also mean that you could get the train to Luton or Sheffield.
Finbar – I’m mostly an imposter here too. There are quite a few decent road clubs in the area so that’s well covered for you.Posted 5 years agoIanMunroMember
But it has a population of 200,000 people. There must be a nice bit, surely?
The exit roads are quite nice. Some parts are less dump like than others, but on the whole it’s a pretty soul destroying place. As the others have said above if its at all possible try some of the places surrounding it.Posted 5 years agoAidyMember
As others have said, avoid Luton. It has no redeeming features. Complete hole.
Harpenden and St. Albans – both nice enough, but ridiculously pricey.Posted 5 years ago
I’d go for Hitchin, I think, although if you’re going to be riding in exclusively, there’s loads of nice little towns/villages to choose from that aren’t too far out.Colin-TMember
Moved from Sheffield to Luton just over 5 years ago. So I understand you position/dilemma.
I work near the airport and drive/bike* in through Stopsely (North East Luton) every day and its not the terrible pit that most of Luton seems to be and if I were to live in Luton its one of the few areas I’d think about.
A rule of thumb is that South (i.e. St Albans, Harpendon etc) is going to be more expensive, North (Barton, Flitwick, Amptill, Bedford will be cheaper.
*I live in Hitchen now (previously in the small villages Pirton & Shillington, never Luton) and my commute is around 10 miles and can be done on fairly quiet back roads/lanes.Posted 5 years ago
In reference to Alice Springs, an Aussie coach driver once said to me “Its not the arsehole of the world but if you stand on your tippy toes, you can see it from here”!
Be aware tha people in the arse hole of the world say ” hell, it’s not the Luton of the world, but if you stand on your tippy toes, you can see it ….”Posted 5 years ago
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