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Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire and is steeped in history. Visitors to the town can visit the remains of the 11th century castle set in grounds by the river. There are also a number of small independent shops and cafes to visit and Hartham Common is a lovely open space and a good place to start the riverside walk which runs parallel to the railway.
Head to the busy High Street and explore buildings dating from the 14th century and the passages between the shops date from the time when Coaching Inns and malthouses were common. Other attractions include the Gazebos which can be seen on the riverbank from the riverside walk and Scott’s Grotto which is a series of interconnecting chambers extending into the chalk hillside. The channels and tunnels are lined with shells, flints and coloured glass.
Stanstead St Margaret’s
This village is halfway between Ware and Hoddesdon and is separated from the village of Stanstead Abbots by the River Lea. Stanstead Abbots appears in the Doomsday Book. The main industry of the village used to be the brewing of ale but sadly none of the original maltings remain. The Lee Valley Marina is located between the two villages on the River Lea.
Rye House station on the edge of Hoddesdon is a short walk away from Rye House Gatehouse, located in the Lee Valley Park. It is all that remains of the fortified manor house dating from the C15th. In 1517 William Parr, father of Queen Katherine Parr was living at Rye House. It was later the setting of the Rye House Plot of 1683, which was a plan to assassinate King Charles II.
The final stop on the line is Broxbourne. From the station is a short walk or cycle into the Lee Valley Park where you can enjoy the parks, gardens and nature reserves on foot or by bike or hire a boat on the river.
It is a short journey from the Station to Paradise Wildlife Park. A shuttle bus is available from the station for visitors.
From Broxbourne it is possible to walk or cycle along the river towpath to Stratford where you can visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or stay on the train into London Liverpool Street. Or you can change trains and travel North and East to Stanstead Airport, Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough and Kings Lynn.
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