Take a tour of Bishop's Stortford
PUBLISHED: 17:09 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013
This month, Sue Armstrong takes you on a journey, for a closer look at this ancient market town...
FEW of us make the best of the town, village or county we live in. There are places we pass by every day but never step a foot inside and hidden corners we've yet to discover.
So, let's start off the New Year by getting out in the fresh air and seeing what Bishop's Stortford has to offer. Situated on the edge of east Hertfordshire, bordering Essex, it's easy to get to with the M11 and Stansted airport on its doorstep and good trains links to London and Cambridge.
King of the castle
First stop, the Tourist Information Centre to collect the key to the gated entrance to the Castle Mound. The mound is just off the Causeway, a few moments from the town centre.
March to the top of the 30 or so steps and discover the tell tale signs of the 11th century Waytemore Castle. Deep inside the mound, sunk to a depth of 60ft (18m), a well still exists - originally used to draw water from the marsh below if the castle came under siege.
From here, the moat can still be seen forming a waterway around what is now Castle Gardens. There's also an excellent view southwards towards the spire of St Michael's Church, soaring above the town, and northwards towards the Meads where cattle once grazed freely.