TRYING TRING

To be brutally honest, I've only ever driven through Tring before now. Although (or perhaps because) I love Champneys at Henlow, I've never been to the Tring version, even though that is celebrating 90 years since the first British spa was created there.

As the most westerly town in Hertfordshire, it's difficult to reach without trespassing into Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire but it is well woth a visit, despite also being one of the smallest towns in the county.

One of the most beautiful reasons I've driven through the town in the past is to reach Ashridge. Owned by the National Trust, the estate also contains the prestigious Ashridge Business School.

Teaching the business leaders of the future is not the only learning going on in and around the town. Champney's College, on the same spot as today's spa, teaches beauty skills and is regarded as one of the best in the country.

The town boasts its own theatre and well-regarded Natural History Museum, little sister to the home of the dinosaur in London's Kensington.

All in all, there's lots to see and do in Tring and next time I'm passing through, I'll definitely stop. Who's up for a cuppa?