Hitchin Lavender Fileds by Adam Raoff
Hitchin is one of England’s thriving market towns thanks to the part it once played in the flourishing wool and grain trade. Things started slowly and steadily with sheep making their way back and forth along the old Icknield Way, one of Britain’s oldest roads, but by the 17th century the coaches from London stopped at the Hitchin staging post and the town grew. Things continued to develop and by the time the railway arrived, a busy corn exchange was where grain was bought and sold, this made the town very wealthy. Today Hitchin has moved with the times, but it still sticks to its roots with a weekly market selling everything from clothes to food. But if it’s a traditional market you’re after, make sure you’re in town on the last Saturday of every month when a local produce and craft market is held down by the river.
Hitchin Car Hire is a terrific way to explore the local countryside and makes getting to Charlton, famous for the Windmill Pub, pretty easy. There are lots of woodland walks to be enjoyed by the river at Oughton Head and some lovely views from Windmill Hill, a great place for sledging if there’s any snow.
It's not just snow that makes the surrounding countryside so attractive; another of Hitchin’s beautiful landscapes comes in the form of its lavender fields. The fields are not only picturesque, but they’re also highly fragrant, so take care not to breathe in too deeply or you could fall into a deep sleep (although with this next man in the vicinity there's no chance of that).
Author: Kevin Hall+