Ashridge Estate & Visitors Centre

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Ashridge Visitors Centre, Moneybury Hill, Berkhamstead, Hertforrdshire. HP4 1LT

Ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands, lush meadows and lots of outdoor family fun!

Events and What's at On Ashridge Estate Hertfordshire

 

Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer that rut in autumn.

The best way to explore the Ashridge Estate is on foot or by bike. Miles of footpaths and bridleways give you plenty of space to explore, and if you drop into the visitor centre we’ll be happy to share our favourite routes with you. We also have mobility scooters if you aren’t able to explore under your own steam.

A working estate

We took on the Ashridge Estate in 1926 and we manage the landscape as a working estate, continuing 3,000 years of tradition. We use livestock to help look after the diverse habitats on the downlands and our foresters fell timber to ensure the health of the woodland. Keep an eye out for both two and four legged conservation team members during your visit, our human ones will be happy to answer questions on our work.

What’s On at Ashridge

Ashridge Visitors Centre, Moneybury Hill, Berkhamstead, Hertforrdshire. HP4 1LT

For more information visit the National Trust Website


Half Term Trail And Craft
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February
10.00 – 15.00, £3 per child
Head into the visitor centre to complete your craft before following our hedgehog-themed trail around the woods.
One of Ashridge’s hedgehogs has accidently woken up early from hibernation and has sleepily wandered outside of his home. Unfortunately, he is now lost in the woods. Follow the trail and help the hedgehog to find his way home. Along the way, learn more about other hibernating animals on the estate. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing. Dogs on leads are welcome.


Exhibition: Citizen Science
From Saturday 30th Mar 2019, 10.00 – 17.00, Free.
Come along to our exhibition about citizen science and wildlife surveying, before heading out onto the estate and having a go yourself.
Ashridge is an important habitat for lots of species of plants, animals and fungi. Our rangers take time to survey them each year to work out how many we have and how we can encourage them to thrive. This exhibition will tell you about their work, as well as how you can get involved yourself.
From our what to see this month wall, to our microscope and kid-friendly activities, there’s lots of ways for you to try Citizen Science. Wear clothing suitable for the weather if you want to go outside and try surveying for yourself. Dogs on leads are welcome.

 


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