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This is a list of walks I have done starting at Ashridge in the Chiltern Hills. Ashridge is a country estate that is managed by the National Trust (the historic house here is now a Management College). It lies on the Bucks/Herts county boundary, and part of the estate is on the Chiltern escarpment. It is mainly wooded (it is famous for its Bluebells in late April and early May), with some attractive chalk downland at Steps Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon. The estate used to have a Deer Park and there are still about 1000 Fallow Deer inhabiting the 16-square miles, plus many Muntjacs too. The NT web site for Ashridge is here. The map below shows the three different car parks I have used when starting walks at Ashridge (there are several other car parks here).
The distances are usually those given by Google Maps, and are only a rough guide. The 'My Rating' column indicates my own feelings about the walk, in comparison to the other walks here - I have enjoyed all these walks, but those that were particularly good I have given 1-3 *s, with *** indicating my most favourite walks. The 'Opposite included in list' column merely indicates whether I've included the walk twice, both clockwise and anti-clockwise (it's really for my own benefit so I can easily see which routes I've yet to walk in both directions).
WARNING: When I originally started writing up these walks, I didn't really intend them to be used as 'route descriptions' for other people to follow. However I am aware that a few people are using them that way, and I now try to make sure my descriptions give enough route details so that they can be followed. Unfortunately I have a dreadful tendency to get 'left' and 'right' confused. So if you want to try any of these walks yourself, I very strongly recommend that you try to follow the route description on a map first. If you do find (or think you find) any mistakes please let me know by email and I will make any corrections as soon as I can (usually I check emails every day). However, I think the walks on this page have adequate route descriptions to be followed (but walks that they have links to may not!).
|Date (first walked)||Walk title||Length (in miles)||Time||My Rating||Starting point (with Grid Reference)||Opposite included in list|
|28/04/08||Ashridge and Ivinghoe Beacon (Walk 3 of the Chiltern Chain Walk, clockwise)||12.5||4h 20m||**||Ashridge (Bridgewater Monument) SP972131||Y|
|30/07/12||Ashridge and Ivinghoe Beacon (Walk 3 of the Chiltern Chain Walk, anti-clockwise)||12.5||4h 50m||Ashridge (Bridgewater Monument) SP972131||Y|
|20/07/13||Ashridge and Frithsden (clockwise)||8.3||3h 25m||Ashridge (Ringshall car park) SP983137||---|
|9/03/14||Ashridge and Aldbury||6.1||2h 25m||Ashridge (near Tom's Hill) SP 972118||---|
|17/10/8||Shorter Ashridge Walk||5.4||2h 5m||Ashridge (Bridgewater Monument) SP972131||---|