Ashridge Estate

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The Ashridge Estate is owned and run by the National Trust, so you can expect high standards in all areas. With free parking and free admission this very popular attraction can be busy during summer weekends and school holidays.

This large area of unspoilt countryside has woodland, rolling parkland and grassy meadows. There are miles of footpaths and cycle trails. It is family and dog friendly. Elderly and disabled visitors are well catered for.

The visitor centre, with good toilets adjoins the gift shop and outdoor cafe with enormous "umbrellas" to keep you dry. There is level access to all these. The Brownlow Cafe is an approved concession and is famous for their home made and freshly produced meals and snacks. it is open every day of the year, and many visitors come just for the food!

The nearby Bridgewater Monument is open at weekends during the summer, and admission is £2 (£1), but as usual there are many steep steps.

The Trust has a number of self drive disabilty vehicles for single or double usage (donation requested). These are available during summer afternoons, and may be reserved in advance. A few dedicated trails are available, running through varied habitats. Allow an hour for this.

Ashridge is best visited on a dry day, as there is little to do when wet. It is a memorable experience, and you will enjoy the "great outdoors" complete with the tranquility that only nature can provide!

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