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Notice: Please be aware that Belted Galloway cattle are now roaming free on Ivinghoe Beacon. They are restricted by the cattle grids on Beacon Road. These animals are not dangerous
Beautiful landscape of open downland and woods
This magnificent and varied countryside estate criss-crosses the border between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.
There are 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woodlands, commons and chalk downland supporting a rich variety of wildlife and offering splendid walks through outstanding scenery.
The focal point is the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater, in recognition of his pioneering canal development.
Ivinghoe Beacon, at the end of the Ridgeway, has been inhabited from pre-history to the current day. From the top there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, including Whipsnade and the Chiltern Gateway.
'Capability' Brown, the famous landscape designer, worked at Ashridge in the 18th century. His greatest achievement here was the creation of the Golden Valley to the north east of Ashridge house.
A great visit, all year round
In spring the bluebells always manage to provide a breathtaking display. June is when our large herd of fallow deer produce their young. You can see groups of adults with their fawns flitting through the woodland glades.
There are many lovely picnic spots that you can take advantage of throughout the summer. Later, the autumn colours are great if you like walking or photography. At the end of the year, frost and snow provide a fairytale environment.
Find ideas for walks and family days out at the visitor centre.
A glimpse of what's in store
Watch this brief video for a glimpse of what to expect when you visit the Ashridge Estate. From bluebells in spring to vivid foliage in autumn, there is always something to see.
Thanks to www.rodedwards>co.uk 2012
Spring trails begin this month
Our spring trails start later this month and we are already taking bookings. Don't miss out - visit our events page now to see what is on offer. We have something to suit everyone from bird lovers to those interested in archaeology. This month there will be our renowned bluebells to see.