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Ancient woodland and rolling downland

Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chilterns Hills. The estate has 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 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 don’t want 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 3000 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.

Bluebell watch

Our bluebells are well on there way and we expect a good show shortly after Easter. We've got some pre-bookable evening walks planned, call 01442 851227 to secure your place.

Ashridge 50 Things Club

Let us know if you’ve tried any of the 50 things

Let us know if you’ve tried any of the 50 things

From birdwatching to den building and creating wild art, there'll be an assortment of 50 Things activities to get stuck into at our 50 Things holiday club.  Club sessions will run on selected dates during all school holidays. There's no need to book but some activities may have limited spaces.  Some small charges may also apply.  For more information visit our events page.

Guided walks

We have a packed events calendar which includes a range of guided walks and talks as well as children's activities. Coming up next we have:

  • Ivinghoe Common Archaeology walk, Thurs 1 May 
  • Dawn Chorus, Sat 3 May
  • Discover the Duke of Burgundy Butterfly, Sun 18 May
  • Ashridge Uncovered: Historic Parkland, Sat 31 May

Prebook by calling 01442 851227, more details are available here.

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