One of our favourite things to do is to go for walks in the forest. One of the forest we like to visit is Hatfield Forest. It is a forest owned and maintained by The National Trust.
Hatfield Forest is a 403.2 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Essex, three miles east of Bishop’s Stortford. It is also a National Nature Reserve and a Nature Conservation Review site.
Hatfield Forest has a rich history however in more recent times back In 1923, the Hallingbury estate was broken up and sold off at auction. Hatfield Forest was sold to a timber merchant and he began to fell standard oaks. The Forest was however saved from further destruction by the intervention of the pioneering conservationist Edward North Buxton. He was able to begin the purchase of the Forest. He died before this was finished. The process was however completed by his family and, following his wishes, they bequeathed the Forest to the National Trust. It was opened to the public in May 1924.
Today the forest has serval different paths & trails you can take around the forest and shrub land. You will see many different types of wildlife, from birds of pray to the odd cow. At its centre is a lake and during the summer, you can even hire a boat so you go for a row around the lake. At its edge is a few bird hides for the budding bird watcher.
Also by the lake with most National Trust site there a nice little shop and a place to get food. We have never used it as we love to take a picnic with us when we visit.
They often run 50 Things to Do before 11 ¾ events. We are looking forward to attending one this year and sharing the details about on our blog.
If you are looking for somewhere to visit why not check it out and tell us about your experiences in the comments below.
Remember if you’re a national trust member its free to park and visit, if you’re not why not join they have over 500 places to visit in the county and is £9.55 a month or £114.60 a year.
To find out more please visit the National Trust Website.
In the meantime, here’s some of our favourite photos we have taken during our visits.