For a fun outing for all the family, explore the beautiful National Trust site Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns. Boasting a huge area of woodlands and downland, it’s FREE to explore and it’s a fantastic place for family cycling, with a variety of routes on quiet roads, tracks and bridleways through beautiful scenery. You can enjoy bluebells in the spring, beautiful golden colours in the autumn, or spot a fallow deer and other wildlife.
There are five promoted routes of varying lengths that take in the best parts of the Estate. Some of the routes are on-road but there are off-road options too. They all start from the Visitor Centre at the Bridgwater Monument where there are toilets, refreshments and open grassy areas.
There are 5 promoted cycling routes which take in the best parts of the Estate (ranging from 5 to 17 miles):
1. Duncombe Terrace Route: short, flat linear ride, 5 miles (return), best suited to mountain bikes.
2. Ashridge House Route: short, flat linear route, 6 miles (return), hard surfaces suitable for road bikes.
3. Pitstone Windmill Route: undulating linear route with a steep section, 7 miles (return), best suited to mountain bikes.
4. Aldbury Route: mostly off-road circular route, 4 miles, best suited to mountain bikes.
5. Ashridge Circuit: long undulating scenic circular route, 17 miles, suitable for road bikes.
Full details and a map showing all the routes can be found here
And afterwards you can enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake at Brownlow Café which is located beside the visitor centre serving up a delicious range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes, hot drinks and snacks
Location: Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT
Telephone: 01442 851227