The following maps of increasing scale illustrate where Hertfordshire is:
Hertfordshire is a county in south-east England whose southern border is just 12 miles from
the centre of London. From some towns in south Hertfordshire, central London
is less than 20 minutes away by train. The county has a population of about
1,000,000 residents. Other counties that surround Hertfordshire are London (south),
Buckinghamshire (west), Bedfordshire (north), Cambridgeshire (north-east) and
Essex (east). Hertfordshire is well served by London
Luton Airport and London Stansted
Airport, both of which are situated a few miles outside the county, while
London Heathrow Airport is
less than 1 hour away.
The county is full of contrasts which blend together to create a superb quality
of life for residents and visitors. Thriving modern towns have developed amongst
historic market towns. Country lanes and sleepy, picturesque villages are never
far away. The close proximity of London provides employment opportunities with
commuters making the most of the fast train links into central London.
The largest town in Hertfordshire is Watford,
situated within the M25 motorway and has a thriving shopping centre and business
parks. Other large, historic towns include St
Albans, Hitchin and Hertford.
New towns include Letchworth and Welwyn
Garden City. Details of other Hertfordshire towns and village can be found here.
Hertfordshire is a green county, with half of the county designated by the
government as Green Belt. Picturesque woodland, river valleys, and open farmland
make up a beautiful and varied landscape. The
Chiltern Hills to the west and north-west of the county are designated an Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The county has more than 1,800 miles (~3,000 km)
of public paths and rights of way, including the The
Hertfordshire Way, a 166 mile (265 km) circular footpath. The county also
has a number of designated cycle paths. For the more adventurous the county’s
canals, rivers and lakes provide opportunities for a number of water sports
such as sailing and canoeing as well as the more gentle boat cruises that depart
from various points through Hertfordshire. We have a wide collection of Hertfordshire photographs.
Hertfordshire has a fine selection of historic
houses, museums and other
tourist attractions, along with modern
recreation and leisure facilities. For tourists and visitors there is a
large selection of hotels, guest
houses and bed & breakfast
accommodation. For commerce and industry,
the county has strengths in financial services, computer-related industry and