The National Trust Ashridge Estate
Ashridge Estate is a National Trust owned woodland and chalk downland in the Chiltern Hills
The National Trusts Ashridge Estate. This magnificent and varied estate runs across the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.
There are 5000 acres of woodlands which are ablaze with beautiful bluebells in late April and early May and Autumnal colours in October and November. There are commons and chalk downland, supporting a rich variety of wildlife, and a myriad of footpaths offering splendid walks through outstanding scenery. The focal point of the area is the Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater. There are also splendid views from Ivinghoe Beacon, accessible from Steps Hill.
- Ivinghoe Beacon and Hills. This rolling chalk grassland adjoins Ashridge and is an important habitat for orchids and butterflies in summer. Standing 250m above sea level, it offers outstanding views over Bucks and Herts from its summit, which was once an Iron Age hill fort. It's also the northern end of the Ridgeway National Trail and Icknield Way.
- Ashridge Park. This historic parkland was Ashridge's original deer-park. Discover the Golden Valley, which is really spectacular in the autumn. This is an excellent area for walking.
From London take the train to Tring (from Euston) and in 30-40 minutes you'll be here!
Easter 2012 - Ashridge Easter Egg Trail sponsored by Cadbury's.
For more information please contact the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre on 01442 851277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015