As the wind blows, the calming scent of lavender pours in through the open car window. We’re close.
We drive a good few metres forward and then we see it. A gigantic field speckled with the colour purple.
Rows of lavender roll on for miles. It looks even better than the pictures on Google.
We’ve just pulled into the entrance to Hitchin lavender farm and soon enough we’re parked up and making our way through the sea of purple.
At the entrance we pay a small fee (£4.50 for adults, £1 for children) in return for a pair of scissors and a roomy brown bag. It’s time to get cutting.
But of course, first things first: pictures! We can’t help but whip out our cameras and get clicking.
We decide to trek all the way to the top of the hill to get the best view (comfy shoes are recommended).
As we walk amongst the lavender rows, the sound of bees buzzing fills our ears, and the small black and yellow creatures are everywhere (you might want to wear clothing that covers your shins and ankles when you visit, just in case).
The view is spectacular from the top, with the lavender immersed against the great British countryside. We take a long rest and soak up the view.
On the way down we begin cutting. It’s harder than it looks, and we are surprised by how long it takes to build a bundle.
Lavender picking is a great alternative to strawberry or vegetable picking, and it’s only available to do for a limited time of the year (call ahead to the lavender farm to check it’s available before you visit). If you’re closer to south London, you may want to try Mayfield lavender farm instead.
It’s lovely to see people of all ages getting stuck in, and on the sunny day we visit, the field is filled with visitors. One newly wed couple has even come to get some snaps for their wedding album.
After a couple of hours in the field we have picked to our heart’s content, but there is still room in our bags to fill!
Tired and thirsty, we head for the farm shop and café where we sip lavender lemonade and feast on cake. On the menu I spot scones with lavender jam, and make a mental note to return to try them. There are also sandwiches, jacket potatoes and lots of cake so you can make a day of it. All sorts of lavender products are also available to buy.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle of city life in London, so a day out in the fresh air in the suburbs, within a beautiful field of purple is ever so refreshing. Give it a go, especially now that the sun is out!