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Notice: Please be aware that we have a number of film and television shoots taking place on the estate between 12th and 30th September. The estate will be open as usual but there will be some temporary car park closures and disruptions to traffic on the roads around Ashridge.
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.
Ashridge is at its best during the autumn as the change in season turns the trees red and gold. Watch this space for the latest update on the progress of autumn.Ashridge is at its best during the autumn as the change in season turns the trees red and gold. Watch this space for the latest update on the progress of autumn.