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Two Giant Sequoia stand in St. Nicholas churchyard just a few yards from the High Street. A few hundred yards North another great treasure of Harpenden can be found in the form of The Nickey Line. This is a disused railway line closed in the 1960s which has become a superb 7 mile walk and cycle trail connecting Harpenden with Hemel Hempstead. Look out for the surviving platform and signal post at Roundwood Halt, and the marvellous bridge that carries Ambrose Lane over the line, with its arches within arches.

The Nickey Line

Arches within arches along The Nickey Line

Common Names and Latin Name No. Latitude and Longitude OS National Grid Elevation
(above sea-level)
Height Girth Date Measured
Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
1 N51.81679
TL 13255 14402 110ft
33.2m 5.48m October 2012
2 N51.81689
TL 13285 14414 118ft
33.4m 4.64m October 2012
Girth was measured at 1.5 metres from ground

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