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Notice: Please note that the visitor centre will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week for redecoration. This will not affect the shop, cafe and toilets

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.

Fence on Berkhamsted Common © National Trust/ Emily Smith

Fence on Berkhamsted Common

The Battle of Berkhamsted Common exhibition

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the moonlit raid that saved Berkhamsted Common from an audacious land-grab in the 19th century. The exhibition is open daily 10am-4pm from 10 October 2015 to 31 March 2016 in the visitor centre at Ashridge Estate. Admission and children’s craft activities are free.

Autumn at Ashridge

Although the children are back at school there are still week-ends for them to come and explore the estate. Our autumn walk is running so that they can cross off some of their 50 things.

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