Short Walks in Bedfordshire

Ashridge Estate

Description and Walk

There are notice boards posted with suggested short circular routes around parts of the estate. Follow one of these or do your own thing. Bear in mind that the park is around 5000 acres, so try to maintain your bearings, otherwise you may end-up walking for much longer than you planned.

We have walked at the Ashridge Estate on 3-4 occasions, taking different routes each time. The park is mostly not too hilly, but you might want walking boots when it’s wet. The paths get pretty muddy in places, and if you decide to go ‘off-road’ in the forested areas then obviously there are plenty of tree roots to stumble on. See the video, below, to get the measure of it.

The estate is bicycle and dog friendly.

See our short video at the bottom of this page.

Parking

Parking is Free.

Parking address: Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted HP4 1LT.

The Ashridge Estate has a very long drive (maybe 300-400 metres?) leading up to its monument and Visitor Centre area. Most of the time cars can park on either side of the drive on grass verges. In addition there are a few dedicated car parks. On peak visitor days the Ashridge Estate gets extremely busy, but we doubt that the available parking space ever gets fully filled.

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Entrance to Ashridge Estate

Entrance to Ashridge Estate

Parking all along the drive, and in small car parks.

Place/s to Eat

There is a cafe in the park which does good quality hot and cold snacks. Actually, they're proud of their food quality and have a sign up which boasts about never using a microwave or fryer in their food preparation.

Although they have plenty of staff, service can be a bit slow when it gets busy. We went on a not very busy day and still queued for twenty minutes. I couldn't help wondering if they might have benefitted from having a microwave and fryer? They got top marks for their scone with cream and strawberry jam.

If it’s a warm day you should seriously consider taking a picnic.

Cafe at Ashridge Estate

Short Video of Ashridge Estate

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Further Information

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National Trust page here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

The pdf, below, contains address and parking location details similar to the ones on this page. Print out the pdf file if you want something to carry with you. Pdf opens in a new tab.