Area Guide: Cole Green
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Named after the Cole Green Way – a walking and cycling route that connects Welwyn Garden City to Hertford and Ware – Cole Green is an attractive place to live.
It is a mile south-east of Welwyn Garden City and just off the A414, offering the best of both worlds; an idyllic countryside location with the benefits of the hustle and bustle of cities in close proximity.
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Cole Green is well placed, in terms of easy accessibility to main routes. It is just off the A414, which enables a simple drive to the A1, A1(M), A10 and M25 roads.
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It used to have a railway station, which was since demolished, on the Hertford and Welwyn Junction Railway. It is now used as a picnic spot on the Cole Green Way footpath and cycle trail.
Nearby stations are Welwyn North, WGC, Hertford North and Hatfield. Trains from WGC run frequently into Moorgate.
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The quaint picturesque market towns of Hertford and Ware are about a five-minute car journey from Cole Green.
Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are between 12 and 35 miles away.
Primary schools in the area include Hertingfordbury Cowper Church of England Primary School, Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary School and Hollybush Primary School, also in Hertford (all rated ‘good’ by Ofsted).
The Sele School (‘good’) is a co-educational academy for secondary school pupils. It is the nearest secondary school to Cole Green, followed by Sir Frederic Osborn in WGC (‘requires improvement’) and boys’ school Richard Hale in Hertford (‘good’).
Food and drink
The Cowper Arms on Cole Green Lane is described as “a proper country pub and restaurant with low beams, roaring log fires and a history as richly diverse as its range of real ales and wines” on its website. Apparently a former den for bull baiting until it was banned centuries ago, it was known as the Railway Tavern during the 19th century rail boom. They serve simple fresh seasonal food and have a large enclosed beer garden, which welcomes dogs, and they host regular fundraisers.
The lunch menu offers a selection of light bites and classic favourites, such as gammon, fried egg and chips - or the more sophisticated roasted salmon supreme with buttered mash, chorizo and garden peas. If you fancy a treat, on the dinner menu is mouthwatering sticky chicken marinated in lemon, honey and chilli sauce with Roquito peppers and fries or dressed side salad. Yum.
Sport and leisure
Cole Green Cottages is a charming bed and breakfast where visitors can enjoy the large garden and wildlife, picnic in local beauty spots and amble to the nearest pub or make use of local takeaways.
There are plenty of parking spaces, and the guesthouse is popular with those on business trips to Hatfield and Hertford.
In Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield there are clubs for cricket, tennis, bowls, football and rugby, a table tennis academy and soccer school. Gosling sport and leisure complex is a 50-acre centre with a diversity of opportunities for physical activity.
Cole Green Way is a trail run, running east-west from the edge of WGC to Hertford and is part of the national cycle network route 61 and the Lea Valley Walk. It goes on for more than six miles and is used by walkers and cyclists.