SUN LEADS TO UNEARTHING OF SECRET HATFIELD FOREST PATH
Archaeologists from the National Trust are preparing to dig at Hatfield Forest for the first time in more than 25 years. The exceptionally hot and dry weather caused scorching on the grass which led to the discovery of an ancient path. Thought to date back to the 1700s, the path could provide a fascinating insight into the history of this 2,000 year old forest.
Ranger Ian Pease, who discovered the path, said: ‘I was so excited to find this path. It leads from the Shell House by the lake into Collins Coppice and has a definite camber. There is little doubt that this would have been a carriage drive route from the Houblon Estate to the lake area in the forest. It makes me think about the many people who would have used the path all those years ago and how the forest has changed. I hope we will be able to learn more about the history of the forest and how it was used.’
Contact: Got a story you want to share? Then email firstname.lastname@example.org