Winter walking at Ashridge Estate

Bridgwater Monument in frost at Ashridge Estate

Ashridge Estate is the perfect place to stretch your legs and explore the countryside. When the temperature turns cold and the mornings are frosty, the estate transforms into a beautiful landscape.

Our trails through the seasons

Every season brings out a different aspect of our waymarked trails. This winter, we are launching two new ones for you to try. Come along to the visitor centre to give them a go.


Walk in the wild

Our 8 mile Wildlife Walk will guide you around the northern part of the estate. This trail focuses on plants and trees around the estate, as well as some of Ashridge’s endangered animals. 

The tree branches sparkle in the frost and create a beautiful scene against a pale winter sky or an orange sunset. If you’re lucky, you might see some winter birds roosting in them. With the opportunity to take some stunning photos, this trail is one to follow if you want to capture the estate’s winter glory.

The sunset lights up the trees in winter
Leafless branches with sunset behind at Ashridge Herts
The sunset lights up the trees in winter

Ashridge’s hidden gems

You may want to get away from it all after the festive season and there is nowhere better than some of the less populated areas of Ashridge. Our 3 mile Ranger’s Ramble will take you through some quiet areas of the estate.

The walk takes you past some of Ashridge’s finest veteran trees. The oldest are over 500 years old and look atmospheric in the morning mist. You’ll also go past frozen ponds glinting in the light, before dropping onto Northchurch Common. The walk then returns to the visitor centre past some quaint English cottages. Their chimney smoke and frosty windows will certainly make you feel cosy despite being out in the cold.

Meadleys Meadow in the morning frost
Frost covering Meadleys Meadow Ashridge Herts
Meadleys Meadow in the morning frost

Find out more

We have more information about walks on the estate here.  You can also drop in to the visitor centre to talk to our staff. All our waymarked walks start from the visitor centre – look out for our signs to show you the way.