Hertfordshire Deer

The Hart (Deer) is the symbol of Hertfordshire © TAB

The county of Hertfordshire is blessed with an exceptional number of Elizabethan and Jacobean houses and also the Chiltern Hills, which provide a charming and unspoilt landscape for keen walkers.

The west and north-western area of the county is hilly, forming part of the chalky range of the Chilterns near Dunstable (locally known as the Dunstable Downs). The land is gently undulating south of the downs, with some low hills along the border with Greater London. The soil contains a great deal of flinty stones, often used in local buildings.

'Colour-washed cortages reed-thatched and weather-boarded water mills, Flint churches, brick and plaster patched, on mildly undistinguished hills.'

John Betjeman (1954), "Hertfordshire"

County Town:

Hertford - distance from London: 27 miles (43 km)

Nearby Counties:

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Greater London

Train Operators:

Cross Country

Nearest Airport:


Major Roads:


Highest point:

Pavis Wood (near Hastoe village), 803 feet (245 m)


Colne, Ivel, Lea, Mimram, Rib, Stort

County Flower:


Local Delicacies:

Beef - locally sourced English beef is served in most restaurants
Steak and ale pie - served with locally grown fresh vegetables

The Meaning of Hertfordshire

First recorded in 866 as Heortfordscir. It is derived from the Old English term 'ford where hart, stag or deer came to drink'.

Map of Hertfordshire


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