Things to see & do

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Something special

Family Trail at Ashridge

We've a packed events calendar with a range of guided walks, talks and family events all year around. Check out our events page for more information.

Walks at Ashridge

Autumn colour

View through a woodland alley on the Ashridge Estate. © Michael Caldwell

This 8 mile (9 km) walk takes in the best of the autumn colour at Ashridge along with some of the less well known areas of the estate.

Duncombe Terrace walk

The granite column of the Bridgewater monument reaches 33 metres high © Katie Piggford

This 2 mile walk allows you to explore the open countryside, chalk downland and woodland at Ashridge, on the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.

The boundary trail

Old shooting lodge at Ashridge © National Trust

This 16 mile walk includes many outstanding features of the estate, including Ivinghoe Beacon and ancient woodlands.

Monument to Windmill circular

Chilly monument © BS

This 7.5 mile walk links two great reasons to visit the Ashridge Estate, the monument and our windmill, to make a whole day out for the family.

Steps Hill and Incombe Hole

Ivinghoe Beacon © Matthew Oates

This 2 mile walk is great for butterflies in summer and spectacular views the rest of the year.

Ancient trees

Wintery beech tree on Monument Green © Lauran Wise

This short walk, which can be done in two parts, takes in some of our best ancient and veteran trees.

Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood

View of Aldbury from Old Copse walk © Graeme Cannon

A circular walk that takes you through areas of wildlife rich woodlands and commons.

Bluebell walk

View of Aldbury from Old Copse walk © Graeme Cannon

This walk takes in the best of the bluebell sites at Ashridge and can be done in a number of sections. It is also a great walk at other times of year …

Guided walks

Walking in the Ashridge countryside

Walking in the Ashridge countryside

We offer a range of guided walks throughout the year, so whatever your level of fitness or area of interest, there'll be something for you.

Our 'Gentle Strolls' cover about 3 miles and each take in a different area of the estate. The 'Highlights of Ashridge' walks are a similar format but each cover about 5 to 6 miles. We also have a variety of specialist pre-bookable walks which focus on particular areas of the estate, its history and its wildlife.

For more information including dates and prices visit our events page.

A family day out

Ashridge wildwood den opening day with children from a local school

We've space for your whole family to let off steam and free their imaginations. To get you started you could:

  • Complete one of the 50 Things
  • Try our family trail
  • Explore the Wild Wood Den

Cycling at Ashridge

Ashridge cyclists

You're welcome to cycle at Ashridge. We've a network of routes on the estate, which you can download here, and bike racks at the café where you can stop for a well-earned treat.

Horse riding

Enjoy the wonderful countryside on horseback

There are miles of public and permissive bridleways at Ashridge. If you would like to ride here please contact our Mounted Ranger on 01442 841800 for a permit.

Group visits

Volunteers leading a walking group at Ashridge

We'd love you to bring your group to visit us, but we do need to know if you are coming so please contact us on 01442 851227 for help and information.