Peace, Quiet and White Water Rafting

With a small population of just over 15,000, Broxbourne is more of a commuter town than anything else, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid visiting it.

Spend a weekend in this quaint town and you’ll soon see why so many Londoners have flocked to this town. Whether it’s the ghost town vibe that permeates the weekdays or the serene silence that reigns over the town on a Sunday evening, Broxbourne might not offer a great deal in the way of entertainment, but this cosy settlement has more than enough character to make up for it, not to mention a winning proximity to two of the county’s finest green spaces.

With that in mind, you’ll only have to drive 5 or 10 minutes to bump into some stellar activities that will keep the whole family entertained. There are a loads of things to do for outdoors obsessed kids and also some fun venues that hold occasional events in the evenings.

Where to Walk

For those wishing to invest their time in a bit of topographical surveying, the deep forests to the west of the town should be left until after they’ve explored the massive Lee Valley Regional Park. With 26 miles of trails to enjoy, there’s enough hiking here to keep avid walkers entertained for at least a long weekend.

There are plenty of routes available to preview over at the Lee Valley’s site – our favourite is the Artworks routes which take you on a tour of all the sculptures and natural play pieces that are dotted around the park.

Where to Stay

Broxbourne is only a small town so there are few traditional accommodation options at your disposal. Unless you want to spend a night in the local chain hotel, your best bet is going to Airbnb.

It might not be a hotel experience, but you’ll be able to save money and also get some recommendations from the host that you stay with. For big groups and families, you can stay at The Pumping Station, a big country house style home that can sleep 7. If you’re holidaying as a couple or by yourself, then you can stay with Donna on her canal boat. Usually birthed in nearby Chestnut, she’s always happy to move the canal boat to a location closer to you!

Where to Eat

Thanks to the gentrifying effect of Broxbourne’s commuter population, the pubs in the town are less in line with Hertfordshire’s tradition of old school, 17th century boozers and are more akin to the trendy gastro-pubs that you’re likely to find in the capital.

Still, regardless of the rather clinical setting, pubs like The Crown and The Bull are fine places to sip down a pint and grab a quick bite. If you fancy something a little more left-field then you can nip down the road to Hoddesdon, where the chefs at Heidi’s Kitchen serve up fresh, healthy food that’s usually vegetarian and very colourful.

What to Do

Besides taking yourself around the plethora of walking trails that inhabit both the Lee Valley Regional Park and nearby Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve, there are a couple of neat attractions tucked away that you’ll want to visit, especially if the sun’s shining.

Not many people are aware that the Olympic Games found their way to the Lee Valley Park in 2012. The Lee Valley White Water Centre was constructed to host the white water rafting and it’s now open to for the public to check out! If water sports aren’t your thing then perhaps you might fancy spotting some wild animals in Broxbourne Woods. Paradise Wildlife Park is hidden away in the woods where you can find tigers, lions, zebras plus loads more creatures to keep the kids entertained.

Broxbourne: A Base for Adventure