Depends on area chosen? Some are over a mile away and you need a car for easy shopping, others are right on the doorstep. No serious hills are involved, local bus services are, at present acceptable, but town itself is full of Estate Agents and Tesco store driven all other traders out. Large Stores on outskirts. Roads are usually well lit at night and generally crime free, depending on the area of course. We have our rough as well as smooth areas. Ask the local WI or just local people, but avoid advice of agents!!