Ashridge Estate circular

Start: Bridgewater Monument

Finish: Bridgewater Monument

Length: 10.95 km / 6.8 miles

Weather: Warm and sunny.

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I wouldn't recommend doing this walk on Easter Monday as I did, the car park was heaving and the area by the Bridgewater Monument and cafe was swamped with families all eager to do the Easter Egg hunt.

A short walk down from the hoards at the Monument car park and you suddenly have the woods to yourself.

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

 

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

After leaving the woods, cross a couple of fields towards Clipper Down which is ahead of you.

Ashridge Estate clipper down

 

Clipper Down with Duncombe Farm on the right.

Clipper Down and Duncombe Farm

 

Walking up the side of Clipper Down.

Clipper Down

 

As you leave the woods on Clipper Down the views open up across the Ridgeway Path.

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

When you meet the Ridgeway Path, turn right and follow the path up Steps Hill.

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

Steps Hill.

Steps Hill walk

 

At the top of Steps Hill, looking back along the Ridgeway Path and Pitstone Hill..

Ridgeway Path and Pitstone Hill

 

From the top of Steps Hill looking north-west.

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

Follow the Ridgeway Path down from Steps Hill and up Ivinghoe Beacon. The hill is an ancient signal point, which was used in times of crisis to send messages across long distances. It is also the site of an early Iron Age hill fort and is 233m high.

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

Looking from the top of Ivinghoe Beacon to Gallows Hill. The chalk lion on Dunstable Down can be seen in the background.

Gallows Hill

 

Gallows Hill.

Gallows Hill

 

After descending Gallows Hill follow the path across a field towards Ivinghoe Hills.

Stonor House walk

 

Go through the gate and turn left.

Stonor House

 

The entrance to the Combe.

Stonor village

 

The steps that lead up to Ward's Hurst Farm

Stonor village

 

Walk through Ward's Hurst Farm and cross the road into the woods.

Stonor village walk

 

Turn left here and follow the main track passing Duncobme Terrace.

Almshill Wood walk

 

The path got busy with Easter Egg hunters the closer to the Monument I got.

Ashridge Estate circular walk

 

The Monument was built in 1832 in memory of the third Duke of Bridgewater who once lived in Ashridge house. The Duke is described on the monument as 'the father of inland navigation'. There are 172 steps to the top and it is 33m tall.

Annabels Wood walk