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Royston is a busy market town steeped in history, with the stunning backdrop of Therfield and Royston Heath, a nature reserve and designated site of special interest.
Nearly 2,000 years ago The Romans built Ermine Street, a Roman road running north between London and York to their legionary forts. The Rosia Cross once marked the intersection with the Icknield Way, another Roman road on the line of the prehistoric highway along the chalk ridge, running from Salisbury Plain to East Anglia. Royston was once a busy staging post, boasting over 50 public houses! The oldest of these is the Bull Hotel, a coaching house dating back to before 1520. Between 1603-1625 King James I used to regularly visit Royston to race horses and hunt. His old hunting lodge in Kneesworth Street is now known as the Old Palace.
The Trail takes you from the tranquility of Royston Heath, through this thriving market town; it leads you through its quaint narrow streets, passing numerous historical buildings, St John the Baptist church and visits the Priory Memorial Gardens.The Priory Memorial Gardens have a well-equipped children's play area, the heath is an ideal area for a picnic, and is a dog walker’s paradise!
Take time to visit the Royston Museum and Royston Cave:
The Royston Museum houses the Royston Tapestry, a project which, when finished, will rival the Bayeux Tapestry in its skill and originality. The embroiderers are members of the museum staff and public. It will be 27 metres long when completed, and will be on permanent display in the Museum.
The Royston Cave was discovered by accident in 1742, when workmen found a millstone covering its vertical shaft. It is believed to have been dug by hand in the 13th century, at a point where two ley lines cross. The walls are decorated with religious carvings representing the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints. Comparisons from the wall carvings and other sources indicate that it may have been used by the Knights Templar. There are many theories as to its use; a chapel, a prison cell, or a secret Masonic meeting place. Check opening times before setting off, as opening times are seasonal.
The Trail starts and finishes at the free car park in Baldock Road, Royston Heath. It is approximately 2.5 miles long and will take about 2 hours to complete. The footpaths are uneven, undulating and can be muddy during inclement weather. It is therefore not suitable for wheelchair users.