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The Egerton family owned the beautiful Ashridge Estate since 1604 and local people always enjoyed the freedom to roam the lovely woods and admire the splendid views. In 1921 the will of the final private owner decreed it was to be sold and the trustees set about disposing of the estate piecemeal. Many mature trees were felled and sold for timber. Fortunately, some influential people were appalled and a public appeal raised the funds to enable the National Trust to buy 1,700 acres immediately and other parcels of land at intervals since, so we can still enjoy it today. This walk starts at the landmark Bridgewater Monument, from which even more spectacular views may be enjoyed; and a gentle amble through the woods leads to the path along the top of the steep scarp slope overlooking the picture-postcard village of Aldbury. There are some excellent views from here, especially in winter when the leaves have fallen from the trees. In winter you are also more likely to spot the deer that live here. There is an excellent cafe, open all year, next to the monument to round off a most enjoyable visit.

England - Central England - Hertfordshire - Chilterns


Birds, Cafe, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Toilets, Woodland

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