The 20 photos that prove Herts is the prettiest county in the UK

If you ever doubted Hertfordshire’s status as the prettiest county in the UK – we’re here to prove it.

Its proximity to London tends to give outsiders the idea that it may not be quite as spectacular as some claim, but there are some true hidden gems nestled within the Hertfordshire countyside you just have to experience.

From Tring to Bishop’s Stortford and Royston to Rickmansworth, there are so many places that provide us with idyllic settings that you just have to capture in a picture to believe they really do exist.

The Chiltern Hills, Lee Valley, Hitchin Lavender and more are the best places to put your photography skills to the test.

The county has even been used for a variety of TV shows and films due to the incredible backdrops it can provide.

Most notably, Ricky Gervais made use of Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town in his show After Life and even Johnny English was partly filmed across Watford and St Albans, Hertfordshire.

So to help showcase our county’s beauty, we’ve compiled a collection of stunning photos taken by our readers.

Here are the 20 pictures taken by you which prove Hertfordshire is the prettiest county in the UK:

Welwyn Garden City – Gavin Vickers

Welwyn Garden City
(Image: Gavin Vickers)

Nuthampstead – Jan Brown

Walks through Nuthampstead
(Image: Jan Brown)

New River near Ware – Jenny Hanson

Beautiful sights along New River near Ware
(Image: Jenny Hanson)

Hertford Marshes – George Johnson

Hertford Marshes in the winter
(Image: George Johnson)

Cheshunt – Emma Lancaster

A majestic horse runs near to Cheshunt
(Image: Emma Lancaster)

Boxwood in Stevenage – Slava Budin

Boxwood in Stevenage
(Image: Slava Budin)

Hoddesdon – Amy Eve

A double rainbow over Hoddesdon
(Image: Amy Eve)

Digswell Nature Reserve – Colin Buck

Digswell Nature Reserve
(Image: Colin Buck)

Near to Harlow – Gavin Vickers

Scenes over Church Langley
(Image: Gavin Vickers)

Old Thorley near Bishop’s Stortford – Mike Carroll

Old Thorley near Bishop’s Stortford
(Image: Mike Carroll)

The River Lea close to Stanstead Abbotts – Paul Wood

The River Lea close to Stanstead Abbotts
(Image: Paul Wood)

Hertford Castle after being decorated by the Yarnbombers – The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters

The poppy creation at Hertford Castle to celebrate the centenary of Armistice Day
(Image: The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters)

Barkway near Royston – Jan Brown

Snow over Barkway near Royston
(Image: Jan Brown)

Dobbs Weir near Hoddesdon – Christine Holt

Dobbs Weir
(Image: Christine Holt)

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A short eared owl by Whitwell – Brian Gleeson

A short eared owl by Whitwell, Hitchin
(Image: Brian Gleeson)

Broxbourne Woods – David Francis

Broxbourne Woods
(Image: David Francis)

Inside St Albans Cathedral – Kyri Menicou

Inside St Albans Cathedral
(Image: Kyri Menicou)

Parliament Square in Hertford – Steve Sealey

Sunset over Parliament Square, Hertford
(Image: Steve Sealey)

Fanhams Hall in Ware – Jan Brown

Fanhams Hall, Ware
(Image: Jan Brown)

Hitchin Lavender – David Francis

Hitchin Lavender
(Image: David Francis)

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