Ardeley is located about one and a half miles from Walkern. It has a primary school, a pub (The Jolly Waggoner), a grade one listed church, which dates from around the 13th century, a vicarage built in the 1700s and a CSA farm (Church Farm). The farm allows visitors to buy produce and feed the animals. The Church of Saint Lawrence is a Church of England church and the primary school, Ardeley St. Lawrence JMI, founded in 1835, is also a Church of England state funded school. Ardeley has an annual fete in which all profits go to the parish's church. The large international cleaning company, Hughes Gardner, are now based in the manor house.
Ardeley is a picturesque village, with neat thatched cottages beside the green, thatched village hall, duck pond and churchyard. It also has a children's play area near the school, at the end of school lane, five housing association/ex-council houses in "The Crescent", opposite the school and many church let cottages.