Explore the enchanted forest at Ashridge Estate

Visitor enjoying an autumnal walk through woodland at Ashridge, Hertfordshire

Ashridge Estate has more than enough space for children and their imaginations to run wild. Rare breeds of deer, bats and songbirds all call this mystical forest their home.

Coralie, who works at Ashridge, explains how it’s easy to see it as the setting of a fairy tale: ‘To many, our monument is Rapunzel’s tower, the shooting lodge is the witch’s house and the crossing between the two is troll bridge.’

But watch out - it’s also home to the evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty. Disney’s film Maleficent was filmed here among the ancient trees.