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County Town: Hertford
Population: 994,300
Area: 633 Sq miles 1639 Sq km
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Principal towns: St Albans Hatfield Watford Stevenage

Hertfordshire is in the south-east of England and, just twelve miles from the UK’s capital, sits firmly on the edge of London’s commuter belt. Half of the county is designated Green Belt land comprising beautiful woodlands, picturesque river valleys, and open farmland. The Chiltern Hills are to the west and north-west of the county and are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the county has more than 1,800 miles of public paths including The Hertfordshire Way, a 166 mile circular footpath that takes you to and around the best points of interest the county has to offer. Other interesting routes include the 11 mile Ver Colne Valley walk which links St. Albans and Watford , The Alban Way and the Nicky Line which are open to cyclists and walkers and The Ayot Greenway and Cole Green Way which follow disused railway tracks and are ideal for walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

In contrast to the opportunities for outdoor leisure activities, London, and its myriad of entertainment venues is only a 20 minute trip by train and Watford, Hertfordshire’s largest town provides a massive variety of shopping and entertainment facilities, as well as housing a number of business parks. Similar modern attractions can also be found in the county’s new towns which include the UK’s first ‘Garden Cities’, Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City , where you’ll also find Stanborough Park which incorporates a nature reserve and facilities for windsurfing, canoeing and angling. The rest of the county provides the essential combination of sleepy country villages and historic market towns, such as St Albans, Hitchin and Hertford that visitors swarm to.

Interesting historical miscellany about Hertfordshire includes the nickname for people from the country - 'Hertfordshire Hedgehog'. Although hedgehogs are abundant in the county, the nickname is probably a corruption of 'haycock', a haystack, referring to the county's cornfields, which formed the county's principal Medieval export to the food markets of London. Hertfordshire is also the starting point of the New River: a man-made waterway in England, opened in 1613 to supply London with fresh drinking water taken from the River Lee and from springs and wells along its course. Still on the subject of history, Hertfordshire has an excellent variety of historic houses to offer its visitors. Jacobean Hatfield House in Hatfield was a former home to Queen Elizabeth I during her youth. It’s said that it was under one of the oak trees in the garden that she was told that she would become queen. Hatfield, by the way, is also home to The Galleria Shopping Complex which offers a variety of outlet shops, a multiplex cinema, restaurants and leisure facilities. Knebworth House , home of the Lytton family since 1490 offers some beautiful formal gardens to walk round, and the 250 acre park includes a kids adventure playground, miniature railway and deer park. It also hosts some excellent open air classical and pop concerts and shows in the summer months. The remains of Hertford Castle include a Norman Motte, 11th century Curtain Wall and 15th century Gatehouse, which for historical architecture pundits will be of great interest and the town itself offers some quaint Georgian shopfronts to explore and delightful old pubs. Hertfordshire’s only traditional city, St Albans is now a modern town named after Saint Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr. Alban was actually a pagan at the time, but was converted in the process of sheltering a Christian priest and later sacrificed his life for the priest’s for the good of the Christian faith. As thanks for that he was beheaded by the Romans , apparently on the exact spot where The Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban stands today. At 106 metres its nave is the longest of any cathedral in England. Its grandeur has attracted many film crews in recent times more notably those filming Inspector Morse, Foyle’s War and the film Johhny English. St Albans is also home to an the early 15th century Clock Tower - one of only two similar towers in England.

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