Bridgewater Monument to Ivinghoe Beacon trail

Walking trail

This trail links two of our iconic attractions - the Bridgewater Monument, a listed Georgian building and Ivinghoe Beacon, a site of pre-historic importance.

Ivinghoe Hills in winter Ashridge Herts

Map

Start:

Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, grid ref: SP970130

1

From the visitor centre head across Monument Green and take the path to the right of the Monument - it has stud posts at the start. Follow this well-surfaced track.

The Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge Hertfordshire

2

Follow the track across the wooden bridge over an ancient drover's trail and past an ancient barrow on the left, which has been fenced off to protect it from erosion. A little further on you will see the old shooting lodge on your left.

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The old shooting lodge at Ashridge

3

Keep on the track until you reach a large log seat on the right. Take a moment to admire the view on the left over Aldbury Nowers and Duncombe Farm.

View of Aldbury Nowers Ashridge Estate Hertfordshire

4

Keep on the same path until you pass a small cottage on your right - Clipper Down Cottage - and go through a gate. Keep going forward until the track descends between steep banks.

5

At the bottom of the hill fork left, following the signs for the Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail, onto a rougher track and continue downhill.

End:

Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, grid ref: SP970130

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Bridgewater Monument to Ivinghoe Beacon trail

Terrain

Mainly well-trodden footpaths or surfaced tracks but some sections cross uneven fields.

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

Bridgewater Monument to Ivinghoe Beacon trail

Contact us

Telephone - 01442851227

Email - ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridgeestate

Bridgewater Monument to Ivinghoe Beacon trail

How to get here

Address
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

The Ashridge Visitor Centre is a short detour from the Ridgeway footpath at Ivinghoe Beacon.

By bus

Arriva 30/31 from Tring - alight in Aldbury, ½ mile (800m) 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.

Bridgewater Monument to Ivinghoe Beacon trail

Facilities and access

  • Toilets and café (with outdoor seating only) can be found at Ashridge Estate visitor centre