Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk

Walking trail

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

Old Copse on the Ashridge Estate Herts


Map route for Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk


Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, grid ref: SP970130


Stand with your back to the visitor centre. Follow the road to your left around the outside of the visitor centre, café and cottage and into the tree line. When the path forks take the right hand option which descends slightly downhill following markers for the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail.


When the track forks again take the left option to continue ahead on a level, well-made path, still following the Boundary Trail. Continue like this for about ½ mile (800m) until you come to a junction in front of a telegraph pole.

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At the junction turn left passed Old Copse Lodge. Cross a hard-surfaced road onto a well-surfaced bridleway ahead of you. Continue straight ahead along this track for about ½ mile (800m), ignoring any cross paths. You will eventually arrive at the main road.


Cross over the road taking great care as it can be very busy. Once you have crossed you will fine yourself in a small pull-in car park. Behind the car park there are a number of paths. Take the bridleway which is the central and best-maintained option. It is identifiable as it runs between two notable banks. Continue along this path until you come to the corner of a field.

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When you reach the corner of the field turn left following the footpath with the field to your right. The route deviates a little from the main paths so continue to follow the fence line around the field until you come to a hard-surfaced track.


Turn left onto the track and continue until you come to a junction with another surfaced road. Turn right onto this new road.


Follow this road until it crosses a broad, grassy avenue. This is Princes Riding. Turn left onto the avenue and walk towards the Bridgewater Monument which you will be able to see in the distance. Before reaching the Monument you will come to the old deer leap (some large sections of walk, fence and a ditch which were historically used to manage the deer in the park). Pass to the right of the leap and cross the road, taking care as it can be busy. Beyond the road follow Monument Drive to return to the visitor centre and car park.

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Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, grid ref: SP970130

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Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk


Mostly well maintained paths but can be muddy in poor weather.

Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under close control at all times to avoid worrying wildlife.

Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk

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Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk

How to get here

Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT
By train

Tring train station 1¾ miles (2.8km) - from the station you can take a taxi or walk to the estate. Ivinghoe Beacon: Cheddington train station 3½ miles (5.5km).

By road

The Ashridge Estate visitor centre is between Tring and Berkhamstead, 3 miles (4.8km) north of the A41, along the B4506 from Northchurch (to Ringshall and Dagnall). It can also be reached from the A489 from Dunstable.

By foot

There are footpaths up to the Ashridge estate from Aldbury (½ mile/800m), Tring (1½ miles/2.4km) and Ivinghoe village (¾ mile/1.2km).

By bus

Arriva 30/31 from Tring - alight in Aldbury, ½ mile away; Arriva 30 from Berkhamsted town hall stops close to the centre; Chiltern Rambler 327 service links Hemel Hempstead and Tring to Ashridge's Monument and Beacon, as well as the Dunstable Downs and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, on Sundays between May and September.

By bicycle

Quiet lane and off-road cycle routes, including the Icknield Way and the Tring and Berkhamstead circular rides, pass through the estate. Cycle parking is available at the Monument.

Old Copse and Thunderdell Wood walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets and café (with outdoor seating only) can be found at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre
  • Dogs are welcome under close control