Travelling around Harpenden
Harpenden is one of those small towns which manages to combine a village sense of community and way of life with the amenities of a larger town. It is situated amidst the lush rolling landscape of Hertfordshire, just 25 miles to the north of London.
It is this location which has helped to create the thriving town that Harpenden is today; close enough to London to operate as a commuter hub and provide a base for prosperous younger families, far enough away to offer the chance of a quieter, more relaxed way of life.
Harpenden has excellent direct road and rail links to London and neighbouring Luton and St Albans. Arriva bus services run from Harpenden to Luton (where connections to Luton Airport can be taken), St Albans and Watford.
If you’re keen on retail therapy, then head for the High Street, which boasts an appealing mix of independent outlets and larger chain stores. The fact that the centre of Harpenden is based around Church Green, High Street Greens and Leyton Green helps to give it a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere, and helps to explain why locals refer to it as ‘the village’.
One of the most appealing aspects of Harpenden is the presence of several wide open green spaces. Harpenden Common runs from the shops in the town centre and covers an area of more than 238 acres, while Rothamsted Manor and Park on the west of the town offers 56 acres, complete with a children’s play area and a skate park.
If you’re looking for a way to keep fit then seek out the Nike Line, a walking and cycling route based on a disused railway line which runs all the way from Harpenden to Hemel Hempstead, some 8 miles away.