Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge Estate

The Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge Hertfordshire

On the approach to Ashridge visitor centre, you can’t miss this towering granite column which reaches high above the treetops of the Estate.

The 'Canal Duke'

The monument was built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who once lived in Ashridge house. As you walk around its York stone base, notice how the monument is dedicated to 'the father of inland navigation' because the duke became famous for building canals during the Industrial Revolution.


Climb to the top

During weekends from April to October we open up the monument and invite you to take the challenge of climbing all 172 steps to the top. As you scale the winding steps, take time to feel the rough cold blocks of granite and peek through the windows as you leave the ground behind.


Stunning vistas

When you reach the top you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Ashridge from above. Look out across rolling Chilterns countryside and see if you can spot Waddesdon Manor and Wendover Woods in the distance. On sunny days you might even be able to see as far as Canary Wharf in central London, over 30 miles away.