Pete's Walks - Alternative Ashridge Walk (page 1 of 7)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 15.5 miles on Sunday, 17th November 2019. I call the route the 'Alternative Ashridge Walk' as it's an alternative to the National Trust's Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail which is a similar distance. Both routes are amongst my favourites so I was quite staggered to find that I hadn't done this walk clockwise since 2009, and had only done it three times anti-clockwise since then. Between 2005 and 2009 I probably walked this route (in either direction) more than any other!

I tried parking in the car park by the Bridgewater Monument in Ashridge (Grid reference SP 972131), but it was already full and so I parked a few yards back down the drive. I started walking about 9.30am, heading back along the drive towards the Ringshall-Northchurch road. After a couple of hundred yards or so, I took a footpath on the right, starting at a fingerpost by a short stretch of concrete on that side where more cars were parked. The path led through some of the delightful woods of the Ashridge estate - like most paths today it was a little muddy in places, but not too bad. Though some trees were almost bare of leaves, there were still enough left to give a colourful display. After almost half a mile I passed close to a large pasture on the left, where as usual I saw a sizable group of Fallow Deer. A little further on the path was crossed by a bridleway, where I turned left and followed the bridleway for a few hundred yards to reach the Ringshall-Northchurch road.

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The drive from the Bridgewater Monument at Ashridge

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The path after I turned right from the drive from the monument

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The path after I turned right from the drive from the monument

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Fallow deer in the large field on the right (bordering the Ringshall-Northchurch road on the far side)

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The bridleway after I turned left

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Further along that bridleway

Across the road a bridleway continued straight on through more of the woods. After a quarter of a mile or so, there was a large pasture on my left (which is completely surrounded by the woods of Ashridge). After another third of a mile or so, the bridleway forked slightly right (a path continued straight on) and then soon reached a drive (coming from Woodyard Cottages to my left). The bridleway goes right here, along the drive, but I continued straight on along a broad path through more of the woods. After a while there was a more open area of mainly bracken to my right, and just before this came to an end I took a path forking right.

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The bridleway continuing after crossing the Ringshall-Northchurch road

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The bridleway continuing after crossing the Ringshall-Northchurch road

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The bridleway continuing beside another large pasture on the left

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The bridleway continuing beside another large pasture on the left

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The bridleway continuing after forking right, away from the large pasture

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The path continuing straight on, after the bridleway turns right along a drive

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The path continuing straight on

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Where I forked right, along a path through bracken