Enjoy a late summer fun horse ride at Ashridge

Enjoy a fun ride on the Ashridge Estate

If you missed the first fun ride of 2017 at Ashridge, now is your chance to join in the fun. If you like meeting with other horse-owners and their steeds, this is the event for you. Come along to Barrack Square any time between 9 am and 11 am to set off on this nine-mile trail through the Ashridge Estate.

Ride along trails you will not have ridden before

Come along to Barrack Square any time between 9 am and 11 am to start the trail. Don't worry about getting lost as the route will be way-marked and there will be stewards along the way should you need help or advice.

You can go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery around you; you can ride alone or with others as the mood takes you.

When you get back to the starting point there will be carrots and horse nuts for the horses and refreshments for you, plus a rosette to mark the occasion.

If you need to box up there will be plenty of space in and around Barrack Square so distance isn't a problem.

Come an join in the fun
Riders on the a fun ride at Ashridge Herts

A very special route

The route for this ride is amazing; we’re starting off from Barracks Square on Monument Drive, riding through the central woodlands, popping out on the Beacon Road and then dipping down into the Combe and up onto Gallows Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.  

From there, we ride down the Ridgeway and do a loop over Pitstone Hill. Popping back out onto the lane (Stocks Road), we ride towards the village of Aldbury, cutting back onto the bridleway by Stocks stables. From there, it’s up past Tim’s Spring and back to Barracks Square.  

This ride is slightly slower than the Northchurch Common/Golden Valley route, but the views are breath-taking.  We’re very grateful to both Natural England, and our tenant farmers, the Rowes and the Leaches, for their kind agreement that we can use so many routes not usually open to horse-riders. This is a great opportunity to see parts of the estate you can normally only access on foot.

The nitty-gritty

The charge for this event is £20 per adult and £10 per child under 18 - annual permit holders have a 50% reduction.

If this exciting event appeals to you either email us - ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk - or call us on 01442851227. We will then send you an application form for you to complete and return to us.