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IN HERTFORD

Outdoors

Join the world's largest treasure hunt. Download the Geocache app or use the webpage, its free , its fun and ideal as a socially distant activity which can be done during your daily exercise.

www.geocaching.com

Based in Hertford
Free
Outdoors

Hartham Common Hartham Common is a large recreational area close to the town centre. It is largely enclosed by the Rivers Beane and Lee, with a confluence of the two rivers in the north-eastern corner. It is managed by East Herts District Council. The River Lee runs along the southern edge of Hartham, where you'll find the Hertford Basin and weir. The Basin is home to a number of residential boatowners and is close to the nearby Hertford East station and Tesco. Just across the weir is Herts Canoe Club and just a couple of minutes walk away is Hartham Pool and Leisure Centre, which is owned by the District Council and operated by Everyone Active. The centre has a small car park for visitors. There is also a public car park immediately to the south on the site of the old railway line that used to run along the southern boundary of the common. Next the the leisure centre is a popular fenced children's playground. There is also skate park which is similarly popular with teenagers. National cycle route 61 also runs along the southern edge of Hartham. In the south-western corner is the Hartham car park, which is a pay-and-display car park operated by the district council. This can be accessed either via Port Hill or Cowbridge. The River Beane runs along the western and northern borders of Hartham. To the north you will also find Sele Farm Bowls Club and Hertford Tennis Club as well as well as three public tennis courts. The northern boundary is also notable for The Warren, a densely wooded incline that separates Hartham from Bengeo. Along the bottom is a tarmac path that leads from Port Hill to St.Leonard's Church, Hertford's oldest building. There is also a footpath within The Warren although this starts and finishes short of both ends of the finished path. There is also a trim trail running around the edge of Hartham, with a selection of installed exercise equipment at regular stops along the trail. Football is also regularly played at Hartham with both matches and training taking place at weekends.

hertford.net
0300 123 4040

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A spacious, quiet campsite by the county town of Hertford that you can enjoy all year round. This campsite, although large and spacious with some 245 pitches, offers many quiet and secluded pitches and there are lots of separate areas to choose from. The site is well laid out with well-maintained facilities including washing machine and dryers, inside dish washing area, an outdoor play area and dog walk.

www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
email via their website

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Are you ready to explore Hertford?
Super sleuths - we need you! Your self-guided Murder Mystery Trail begins in the free car park adjacent to the beautiful Hartham Common. You'll hunt high and low for captivating Clues, exploring along the peaceful river towpath, through the ancient castle grounds, and down the historic streets of Hertford town.

But there's more than sightseeing... Read more

www.treasuretrails.co.uk

Based in Hertford
Free
Outdoors

Panshanger Park is 400 hectares of stunning countryside. You can enjoy the surroundings of ancient woodland, veteran oak trees and views across the Mimram Valley. Some areas of earlier mineral extraction have been restored to agricultural land, which supports winter populations of endangered farmland birds and summer breeding populations of lapwing. On the lakes and the river you may see kingfishers,... Read more

www.panshangerpark.co.uk

01992 512758

Outdoors

The Meads is a large area of grazed riverside flood meadow that stretches from Hertford to Ware. As well as being used to graze cattle, The Meads is also home to rare plants, such as meadow saxifrage, pyrimidal orchid, adder's tongue fern and marsh dock. The northern boundary of The Meads is marked by the course of the River Lee as it makes its way east to Ware, a cycle route running alongside. Gauge House, halfway between the two towns, marks the beginning of the New River, a man-made canal that provides drinking water for London. The New River first heads south before turning eastwards towards Chadwell Spring and thence on it's journey to the city. As a nature reserve, The Meads provides a habitat for birds, insects and rare wild flowers. Gulls, ducks and waders take advantage of the flooded areas in Winter - gadwell, shoveler, wigeon, teal and snipe. Many species of dragonfly can also be found. During the summer months, bats such as pipistrelles and Natterer's feed on insects during the evening hours. Otters have also been recently seen. The Meads is managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust of behalf of the various owners, including Thames Water, East Herts District Council and Glaxo Wellcome.

www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
email via their website

OUTSIDE HERTFORD

Outdoors

TICKETS FOR OUR 2021 VISITOR SEASON ARE NOW ON SALE! Dont miss our Early Bird Offer - Book your visit before our April opening date and receive 20% off all tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance of arrival and either printed or viewable on a smart device.

www.hatfield-house.co.uk
email via their website
01707 287010

Outdoors

Aldenham Country Park is a not-for-profit farming, food, Rural Care and education enterprise. We aim to enhance the countryside, care for wildlife and farm ecologically. We are open everyday from 9.00am except 25th December. Visit 100 acres of beautiful countryside, only 12 miles from central London. Enjoy the scenery, lakeside walks, explore the farm and feed the animals, playgrounds, pony rides and 100 Aker Wood, home of Pooh Bear and friends. Enjoy great value all year round access by becoming a member. We offer camping, exclusive glamping and facilities for families with SEND children in our pavilion. We offer extensive education and group trips, parties and celebrations for all ages, team building and meetings and have an events field for hire. We have a small farm shop selling produce from our farms here and at Church Farm and a Farm Kitchen where you can sit down for coffee and snacks as well as a refreshment kiosk.

aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk

0208 953 9602

Free
Outdoors
Refreshments

Ashridge Estate is a 5,000 acre area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer that rut in autumn. The best way to explore the Estate is on foot or by bike. Free entry to the site. Dogs welcome - please keep them under control. Covid 19 update: Monument Drive remains closed, as does Little Gaddesden and Northchurch Flats car parks. All other small car parks are now open with Ivinghoe and Dicks Camp opening on 16 May. If the car park is full please come back later and avoid parking on verges

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

01442 851227

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You'll need to book tickets in advance: https://eht.social/2YP7ZVh 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 You'll only be able to visit if you've pre-booked and you'll need to arrive during your time slot. Some things may also be a little different when you arrive, to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable: https://bit.ly/3e8BuHS

englishheritage.seetickets.com
email via their website
01799 522842

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