A natural spring flowing from the green chalk hills of North and East Hertfordshire
Clean Water from deep within the rolling hills and countryside of Ashwell in North East Hertfordshire
The Spring Rises up in the village of Ashwell after filtering through the surrounding chalky hills providing a rich clean source of pure drinking water
The name Ashwell comes from the Anglo-Saxon 'Aescewellan', "aesc" meaning ash, "wellan" meaning well or spring.
- The water which rises from Ashwell Springs feeds the River Rhee, one of the main sources of the River Cam, which passes through the centre of Cambridge. At Ely the River Cam joins the River Ouse and flows out to sea at the Wash, 65 miles from Ashwell
- This clean water rises from several holes in the natural chalk surrounding Ashwell village. The average flow is one and a third million gallons a day (1,300,000 gallons), falling to less than a million in September and October depending on the drought of the previous summers. It is at its highest level in March and April
- The natural rate of flow is now affected by the local Water Authority's pumping station at Slip End on the other side of Claybush Hill - south of Ashwell close to the A505 Letchworth to Royston road
- This clean, mineral spring water is never more than 52°F (11°C)