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Picturesque Datchworth lies between Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City and is a great place to visit, as Louise McEvoy discovers...

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WITH fabulous views of the Hertfordshire countryside, Datchworth is a walkers paradise.


Whether you are looking to take a long walk or a short stroll, there are plenty of footpaths and bridleways to explore the surrounding fields and woods, taking in some breathtaking views of the Beane Valley.


A number of paths link Datchworth with Woolmer Green, Aston, Watton at Stone, Tewin and Bramfield, providing an opportunity to explore the nearby Hertfordshire villages, which each have their own unique identity. Woolmer Green Parish Council has listed some walks which take in Datchworth at http://tinyurl.com/6dxlb3l


Wrap up warm and take a picnic to enjoy on Datchworth Green after your walk, or head to The Tilbury for a well-earned lunch.


Opened in 2006, The Tilbury is owned by celebrity chef Paul Bloxham and his business partner Paul Andrews and offers traditional British dishes with a distinctive twist, using seasonal and regional produce. Enjoy the comfortable, rustic surroundings and tuck into the likes of chargrilled mutton cutlets, cured trout, or pork with Bramley apples.


While the menu is regularly updated to reflect the availability of seasonal produce, Pauls approach at the Watton Road gastropub is simplistic taking simple ingredients and treating them properly.


The Tilbury is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and for lunch only on Sundays. For more information, or to book a table, visit www.thetilbury.co.uk or call 01438 815550.


After lunch, take a trip to Datchworth Museum, which is housed in a former blacksmiths shop dating from Victorian times and which was last used for the trade in 1953. During World War II, the building was used as a munitions workshop.


Comprising one ground floor room with the original forge, the museum on Datchworth Green boasts more than 900 artefacts, the majority of which have been donated by residents of the village and can be viewed in glass cabinets.


Most of the collection is from the early 20th century up to and including World War II, but there is also an emphasis on preserving artefacts from the pre-historic, Roman and medieval eras to document how people lived and worked.


Datchworth Museum, which is free to enter, is open on the third Sunday of every month, from 2pm to 4.30pm, from March to November.


End the day by heading to The Horns in Bulls Green, Datchworth, for a refreshing drink in an old English country pub.


Experts date The Horns to 1543, when Henry VIII was the king of England, but details of its construction have led some to believe it to be almost 100 years older.


The Horns retains many of its original features, including Tudor beams, open fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and ancient doors. In the past it has functioned as an auction room, a traders meeting and bargaining post, livery stables and a farmhouse.


Instead of heading home, why not consider indulging in an overnight stay at Coltsfoot Country Retreat luxury boutique hotel? Set in 40 acres of countryside, in the grounds of an old 16th-century farmhouse, Coltsfoot on Coltsfoot Lane successfully combines traditional English charm with modern luxury. For more information, or to book, visit www.coltsfoot.com email info@coltsfoot.com or call 01438 212800.



Don't miss




Hopkyns Hoo - a quaint thatched cottage which was built in 1570 as a farmhouse, complete with moat, and was then called Green End Farm.


Clibbons Post- marks the site where Walter Clibbon, a well-known highwayman in the area, is buried. It was here that Clibbon had attempted to rob a man called Benjamin Whittenbury in December 1782, but Mr Whittenburys servant shot him dead


The whipping post- A Grade II listed timber post on Datchworth Green, with a plaque which reads: This whipping post was last known to be used on July 27, 1665 when two vagabonds were publicly flogged here.


Green End Barn- built in Hunsdon during the late 17th century by craftsmen who hand-axed huge oak timbers into shape, the barn was dismantled when new farming methods made it obsolete. Developer Charles Jeeves, known for his restoration work, bought the ancient barn in 1987 and transported it to Datchworth where it was rebuilt on its present site by a team of 30 craftsmen.


Datchworth church- now dedicated to All Saints, it was originally dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. Dating back to the 12th century, the church stands on a hill and the spire can be seen for miles around.


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