Waymarked walks at Ashridge
There are new colours dotted through the Ashridge landscape this year. Our team have been hard at work creating four new waymarked routes to follow. Each takes in a different part of the estate, teaching you more about the nature and history that we have here.
This 3-mile walk takes you to southern part of the estate. Following part of the ancient Icknield Way, you’ll skirt the edge of Northchurch Common where you’ll be treated to the intricate song of skylarks in the summer.
The walk then starts to loop you back towards Rail Copse, where you can see conservation work in action. The rangers are removing conifers planted in 1966 to reinstate the hornbeams that would have stood in this area long before. Finally, there’s an insight into the often forgotten brick and tile industry at Outwood Kiln, as you pass a couple of the estate’s quaintest cottages.
You can find the start of Rangers’ Ramble by following the footpath to the left of the café.
This 8-mile walk is the longest of our waymarked routes. It’ll help you open your eyes and ears to the wildlife all around you. The first two miles are under the woodland canopy, where you’ll learn about minibeasts and their deadwood habitat, before the path opens out onto the stunning chalk hills of Ivinghoe Beacon.
From this point, you should listen out for the soaring raptors in the skies above you, as well as look closely at the grass to spot some of the millions of meadow ants under your feet. The wide variety of wildlife in this part of the estate makes this walk a must see during any season.
Our Wildlife Walk starts on Duncombe Terrace, which is the footpath to the right of the Bridgewater Monument.
This 3-mile walk has been redesigned with new purple waymakers. The start point has been moved from Barracks Square to behind the main car park on the Meadleys Meadow track. This now means that all four of our walks start from the visitor centre area.
This trail gives you the best chance to spot Ashridge’s iconic fallow deer herds happily grazing in open fields. It also takes you to some of the estate's best photography spots, such as autumn spectacle that is Lady’s Walk and the majestic tree-lined avenue known as Prince’s Riding. With views of the Bridgewater Monument to the left and Ashridge House to the right, it is one of the most picturesque parts of the estate.
This 1 mile family walk has been revamped with red waymarkers. It’s ideal for young families that want to explore the woods so they can find muddy puddles to jump in.
Carefully cross the ‘Troll Bridge’ and wander through the trees, where you can build a den or do some nature watching. You'll eventually come out at Clinkmere Pond. Listen out for the sound of dragonflies buzzing in the spring and summer or do some natural art on the clear woodland floor.
You'll find the first red Woodland Walk post on Duncombe Terrace, which is the footpath on the right of the Bridgewater Monument.