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Ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows

Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer that rut in autumn.

The best way to explore the Ashridge Estate is on foot or by bike. Miles of footpaths and bridleways give you plenty of space to explore, and if you drop into the visitor centre we’ll be happy to share our favourite routes with you. We also have mobility scooters if you aren't able to explore under your own steam.

A working estate

We took on the Ashridge Estate in 1926 and we manage the landscape as a working estate, continuing 3,000 years of tradition. We use livestock to help look after the diverse habitats on the downlands and our foresters fell timber to ensure the health of the woodland. Keep an eye out for both two and four legged conservation team members during your visit, our human ones will be happy to answer questions on our work.

The Hills are alive

Summer is here and the Estate is blooming. We still have space on our walk to see rare orchids on the Ivinghoe Hills. There are spectacular views from there as well.

Climb the Bridgewater Monument for more fantastic views.

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Big Camp

Come and toast marshmallows over the camp fire

Come and toast marshmallows over the camp fire

Come and join us for this rare opportunity to camp in a medieval hay meadow at the heart of the Ashridge Estate. There will be 30 family pitches for four people, but a maximum of eight can be accommodated on each pitch at extra cost - children under five are free but still count as part of the eight. You can bring one, well-behaved, dog per pitch
There will be '50 things' activities for the children and the Monument will be open free-of-charge so that you can watch the sunset over the whole estate from tree-top level.

Cotswold Outdoor are the National Trust's official outdoor recommended retailer and they are offering members a 10% discount either online or in-store. They have also produced a list of expert tips for all campers.

The Brownlow cafe will provide an evening meal at extra cost if you wish.

Our Big Camp event is sold out but other properties may still have space.