I think that most people who live in London every now and then get the desire to escape the city. May it be for a calm weekend in the countryside or even just a day trip to somewhere new, you usually return feeling invigorated and ready to face the big city life again.
One of the places I’d definitely recommend you going for the day is Hitchin. Think little medieval village surrounded by lavender fields. If you’ve seen pictures on FB & Instagram of girls (including myself) frolicking in lavender and sunflowers, this is the place!
The best thing is that it’s only a 30 minute, £12 return journey from Kings Cross train station, which is less than the time is takes me to get to Kings Cross itself..gotta love London!
Once you arrive there is not much around the station so my advice is that you catch a taxi to the Lavender fields, which will cost you around £10 and take less than 10 min. Once there you must buy a ticket to enter the fields but once inside you can spend as much as you want in it, as well as pick as much lavender as you like. Being a huge picnic fan, my advice is to bring along things to have a picnic so you can enjoy the views and scents for longer 🙂
To my surprise and amazement, the last time I went there was also a massive sunflower field, with sunflowers taller than me and as big as my head! So I definitely advise you to go in August, because I went just over a month ago and there was not a single sunflower, and most of the field was not in bloom yet! To me walking through sunflower fields was a childhood dream come true. We used to drive past them on our way to the seaside when I was a kid but my parents always told me we couldn’t stop because the owners would let their guard dogs out! So it made me so happy to be walking around with these magnificent flowers surrounding me.
Travel Tip: Go to Hitchin in August if you want to see the Lavender and sunflower fields in bloom.
Once you’re done at the lavender farm, you can walk into Hitchin town, it’s around 40 min and the centre is actually very pretty. They have a market on certain days and they have some quirky pubs with beer gardens and live music.
All in all it’s an awesome, relaxing day trip and an easy commute!