Jade Attwood, travel writer for The Camping and Caravanning Club, takes us on a journey across Hertfordshire…
Despite being one of the smallest counties in England, Hertfordshire has plenty to offer to any humble caravanner. Whether you are looking to sample natural beauty, immerse yourself in historical wonderment, or simply want to escape with a loved one on a romantic retreat, Hertfordshire can cater to your needs. Staying in your own caravan means you have the freedom to explore this rich yet quaint area at your own pace and ease. So here are our suggestions of places to visit, stay, and even dine at which will really let you get to the heart of what this beautiful county has to offer.
Get back to nature
Known as ‘shire country’, Hertfordshire is famous for its endless rolling green hills, which are best explored with your very own caravan. For those who like to take a walk on the wild side, base yourself at the beautiful Lee Valley Caravan Park at Dobbs Weir. Set in acres of open space, the site boasts its very own fishing lake, white water rapids, and 26 miles of cycling or walking trails—enough to keep any tourers busy for the duration of their stay. But if you fancy of change of scenery, take a short drive to Rye Meads Nature Reserve, a popular attraction for those looking for a tranquil day at one with nature. The RSPB site is a goldmine for any animal lovers, birdwatchers, or photographers, with the reserve thriving with wildlife.
The whole county exudes a romantic Shakespearean air: perfectly quaint and secluded. It is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in your caravan, for a romantic break with your partner. Base yourself at the small but perfectly formed Woodstock Caravan Site, which is close to the beautiful city of St Albans (whose cathedral is well worth a visit). Your romantic destination is that of the small town Harpenden. A lesser known gem of the county, the town is home to the stunning Breathing Space Spa: the perfect place to relax and pamper with a loved one. Finish your day in the county’s highly rated restaurant ZaZa, indulging in their delicious Italian food, and maybe even a glass or two of wine—a romantic retreat which will be hard to forget.
Delving into History
Hertfordshire is steeped in history, and there is no shortage of places for you to delve into what it has to offer. Set just outside the traditional town of Hertford is The Camping and Caravanning Club’s site. With quiet and secluded pitches, it is the perfect place to travel from to visit some of the counties top historical attractions. Two of the country’s grandest manor houses are just a short drive away: Knebworth House and Harfield house. With spectacular architecture, detailed museums and perfectly preened, they are not to be missed by any upper class history enthusiasts. For those who want to dive back into the lives of those who once dwelled in the town, visit the Old Mill and Meadows, which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.
So there you have it three holidays to suit any caravanners tastes. Whether you are travelling alone, with a family in tow, or just with a partner, there is no denying that your Hertfordshire trip will be one of happy memories.