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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.
50 Things to do Before You're 11 3/4
Ashridge is a great place to have a go at one of the 50 Things to do Before You're 11 3/4. This summer you can:
- Pick up a tracker pack from the visitor centre and have your very own adventure.
- Drop in for one of our guided 50 Things sessions, every Wednesday in August at 11am and 2pm
- Or grab a scrapbook and just get stuck in.
Wild about Ashridge Club
Fri 25 July – Fri 29 Aug, 10.30am – 3pm
Get closer to nature, whatever the weather, with the National Trust team at our Wild about Ashridge Club every Wednesday and Friday during the holidays. There will be skins and skulls to hold, and the chance to ask our rangers all your nature related questions.
The Wildwood Den
Our Wildwood Den is made from ancient trees that lived at Ashridge and is a great place to explore or let off steam this summer. The den is covered in carvings which tell the history of the estate; can you find them all? You could also have a go at building your own den in the woods nearby.
Maleficent’s Enchanted Forest Trail
Sat 24 May – 31 Aug, 10am - 4pm
Explore Maleficent’s Enchanted Forest Trail with the help of magical characters from Disney’s Maleficent film. Follow your trail to collect your Explorer reward.
Bring your wellies too.
- £1 per trail
We have a wide selection of guided walks at Ashridge. Coming up this month:
- Bats and creatures of the night
- Butterflies of Ashridge
- Ashridge Uncovered: Chalk downland
Booking and other information can be found here.