Trail to Golden Valley Ashridge

Walking trail

This 3.8 mile walk heads into the Golden Valley and takes in the view of Ashridge House. It tries to avoid the worst of the mud in winter although some may still stick to your boots.

Early autumn in Golden Valley Ashridge Herts


Map route for Ashridge Estate Golden Valley trail


Ashridge Visitor Centre, grid ref SP 97874 12527


With your back to the visitor centre turn right down Monument Drive. Be careful as you cross over the B4506 and head around to the left of the deer leap (some large sections of fence and a ditch which were historically used to manage the deer in the park). Continue to follow this avenue, called Prince's Riding, all the way to the Ashridge House sign close to the fence in front of the House.


Follow the surfaced path to the right, around the golf course. At the end of the surfaced path, head around the left of the copse of trees in front of you, following the treeline until you come to a grass track . Follow this track along the boundary between the Ashridge House football fields and the wilder grass until you come to the tree-line in front of you.

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Here leave the path that heads into the woods and go left along the tree line, down into the valley. Be careful as you cross the road and enter the Golden Valley on your right.


You can either go up to the seat in front of you for a view down both sides of the valley or continue straight down the valley away from the golf course.

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Continue down the valley until you come to an avenue which crosses the valley at right angles, head up the steep side of the valley to your right until you join the road that crosses in front of Ashridge Business School.

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Continue to follow this road in front of Ashridge Business School until you come to a right hand fork with no car access. Here head right following the purple ‘Bridgewater Monument and Visitor Centre’ sign past the car barrier.


Follow this path until you come to Thunderdell Lodge (a noticeable black and white chequerboard house). Be careful as you cross the road and turn directly right and follow the path along the edge of the road until you reach the bottom of Monument Drive.


Finally follow the Drive back towards the Bridgewater Monument with the opposite view from the one at the beginning of your walk.

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Ashridge Visitor Centre, grid ref SP 97874 12527

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Trail to Golden Valley Ashridge


Mainly well trodden footpaths and surfaced tracks but some sections are across uneven fields. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under close control at all times to avoid worrying wildlife.

Trail to Golden Valley Ashridge

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Trail to Golden Valley Ashridge

How to get here

Ashridge visitor centre
By train

Tring train station 1¾ miles - from the station you can take a taxi or walk to the estate. For Ivinghoe Beacon, Cheddington train station is 3½ miles.

By road

The Visitor Centre is located off the B4506 between Berkhamsted and Dagnall, HP4 1LT.

By foot

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

By bus

Buses stop close to the end of Monument Drive. Buses stop in Aldbury village which is a ½ mile uphill walk and also in Tring, which is a 1¾ mile walk.

By bicycle

The Ashridge Visitor centre is close to the Chilterns Cycle Route and there are cycle stands at the centre.

Trail to Golden Valley Ashridge

Facilities and access

  • There are toilets and a non-NT cafe (outdoor sating only) at the visitor centre