Walking

Walking trail

Duncombe Terrace walk

Walking trail

An easy family walk along popular Duncombe Terrace with plenty to see along the way. Walk through the woodland onto open common with chalk downland in the distance.

An easy-access walk with wildlife and wildflowers to enjoy

The range of habitats here means there’s plenty of wildlife (the estate is renowned for deer, butterflies and wildflowers). Bluebell displays in spring are superb and you can find lots of grassland flowers such as orchids in summer. Autumn is a great time to watch the deer rut and enjoy the colours as the leaves turn.

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

Map

Map route for Duncombe Terrace walk

Start:

Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, grid ref: SP970130

1

Start at the visitor centre, near the Bridgewater Monument, cross the Green taking the path leading off the main track to the right - it has studposts at the entrance.

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The Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge Hertfordshire

2

As you enter this woodland with its ancient trees, note that lots of the sycamores along the path have tar spot fungus (black marks) in late summer. This is a good indicator of unpolluted air. Also look for butterflies in sunny openings and, later in the year, fungi on tree boles. Look out for signs of badgers; their tracks can be seen in many places including holes in the ground called dung-pits or badger latrines. They are very clean creatures.

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3

As you walk over the wooden bridge glance down to see the ancient Drovers path, which was worn into a ditch by villagers taking their animals to graze on Pitstone Common. Continue to Moneybury Hill, so-called because of buried coins found here (it's prohibited to use metal detectors on National Trust land).

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4

Pass the mound on the left-hand side, which is called Bell Barrow (due to its shape). It's thought to be a Bronze Age burial mound. The wooden lodge further on, on the left is a copy of a Victorian shooting lodge that burned down in 1989.

The old shooting lodge at Ashridge

5

On the right you will see a large log bench with lovely views of Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers. Continuing along, note the hazel trees that have been coppiced (cut to ground level, then left to regrow) to provide a wildlife habitat. The fallen cedar seen here is still alive and growing. As you walk through the pine woodland between here and point 6, enjoy the smell of the conifers.

View of Aldbury Nowers Ashridge Estate Hertfordshire

6

Emerge from the pine trees onto Clipper Down.

7

This is the end of the trail so, either turn around (this is also the turning point for mobility vehicles) and return by the same route, or continue for another mile to Ivinghoe Beacon for more wonderful views.

Ivinghoe Beacon

End:

Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre, grid ref: SP970130

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Duncombe Terrace walk

Terrain

A linear walk so you can return at any point, perfect for families.

Level surfaces on this route are good for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Maps of accessible routes available. Visitor centre is wheelchair-accessible with an adapted toilet.

Dogs welcome under close control.

Duncombe Terrace walk

Contact us

Duncombe Terrace walk

How to get here

Address
Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT
By train

Tring Station: 3.4 miles by car (5.5km) to the Monument; Cheddington: 3.5 miles (5.6km) from Beacon.

By road

Just off B4506 from Northchurch to Dagnall.

By foot

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

By bus

For Monument, service 30/31 from Tring station, alight Aldbury, ½ mile (800m) from Ashridge; for Beacon, service 61, Aylesbury to Luton (passes close to Aylesbury and Luton station), or Chiltern Rambler 327, Tring to Monument or Beacon (Sundays, May to September).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network traffic-free cycle route to within 1 mile (1.6km) of Ashridge.

Duncombe Terrace walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets and café (with outdoor seating only) can be found at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre
  • Dogs welcome under close control, please keep on leads around wildlife