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Harpenden Common is a place of natural scenic beauty. A Green Flag Award winning site since 2007, the Common stretches almost 2 miles from the centre of Harpenden southwards,and provides residents and visitors alike with an unsurpassed amenity and recreational resource. The Common is home to numerous types of wild and plant life and is recognised as a county wildlife and protected species site.
Over the decades Harpenden Common has had varied uses including grazing for sheep, horseracing, hunting, ice skating, athletics, football, cricket, golf, circuses and fairs. Presently, the Common is home to a football club, two cricket clubs and a golf club. Throughout the year events such as fairs, circuses, classic car meetings and art exhibitions are still held on the Common. Although the horseracing has stopped, a permissive horseride loops the Common.
Residents and visitors can also enjoy a picnic area, Southdown Ponds, a nature trail, the Brickle Dells (where once bricks were made from the clay extracted) and the Hayfield with numerous wildflowers and grasses – something for everyone!
A visitors leaflet entitled 'Harpenden Common' which includes a map of the Common showing the various walking trails and places of interest is available free of charge at the Town Hall Information Point open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, tel: 01582 768278 or you can view a copy here.
Last updated about 4 months ago