Monday, 16 March 2015


Are you a cyclist?  why not make us a stop off on your next cycle around and about Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire.  Don't forget to bring a rucksack so that you can take something home  with you :)

There is room to leave your bikes round the back of the hall and tables outside (as well as inside) for you to enjoy tea and cakes in comfort.

Here are a couple of routes that I have found:

CTC - Cambridge

50 mile bike ride:

CTC Stevenage

Cambridge CTC picture

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sharpenhoe Clappers

The Sharpenhoe Clappers is a short drive from Hexton, and run by the National Trust.  There is a reasonable size free car park, and there are a lot of footpaths around there, not just on the Clappers.

Perfect for a visit and then stop by Country Matters for some refreshments and a wander around.

 Go when the day is really clear and you will be able to see for miles, if you have binoculars take them and see how far you can see, kids just love looking through them.

It is chalky like the rest of the Chiltern hills, apparently formed from fish bones. The ice age stopped to form the 'cliff' of the clappers.

The woods are a great place to explore, but are steep in places.

There are a few benches dotted about, and a big grassed area, that you can sit on for a picnic if you take a blanket.  There is a footpath to the woods that you can wheel a buggy, and then explore the rest of the place on foot.  There are no toilets at the site.

NT says:
"Reputedly haunted, Sharpenhoe Clappers is a classic chalk escarpment and part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is crowned with traces of an Iron Age hill-fort and an impressive beech wood."

There are a few walks in the area, here is one that I have found, that has lots of useful information:
Walk like the Clappers

Note that the pub in Sharpenhoe has closed down.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Locally grown produce

We now do a small range of locally grown produce, some of the basic essential, so there really is something for everyone now :)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Wooden planters & bird tables

We have a good selection of wooden planters at Country Matters, Hexton, it varies from week to week as they are handmade.

I the picture above I have planted up a box with succulents and alpines for something a little bit different.  I bought a bag of grit and mixed it into the compost before putting the plants in, and once it was all planted up I covered all of the soil with more grit.  Rather pleased with the effect, and it shouldn't need so much watering as other plants.

Some of the planters are painted and others are just treated wood, like my box above.

We also have bird boxes, bird tables and hanging bird tables and other wooden items for outdoors.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Lots of handmade gift ideas

We have a selection of handmade gifts, and thought I would share some of the products that we currently have on offer.  Most are locally made, and are excellent quality, available at Country Matters, Hexton,

Check out the about us for our opening times.
And whilst you are visiting you can have a lovely light lunch or afternoon tea at the Lavender Tea rooms

Friday, 6 March 2015

Fancy doing some crafting

We have been moving a the shop around, and having a tidy up.  We now have a few more craft supplies, haberdashery and yarn, so thought a few pictures would be the best way to let you know what we have.

Check out the facebook page for some more news, and also the links on the blog for some of those that supply items to Country Matters, Hexton.