Ashridge in Autumn
At this time of year I always find time to visit Ashridge on a regular basis to capture the changing colours in the trees. Ashridge estate is situated in the Chiltern Hills on the Beds, Herts, Bucks border and comprises 5000 acres of ancient woodland, commons and chalk downland and an abundance of flora and fauna which is home to a vast array of wildlife. As you walk along the footpaths you will undoubtedly encounter a herd of the small deers that inhabit this location. The estate is managed by The National Trust and it is here that I also take my bluebell photographs in the spring.
I find the best way to explore the forest is to park at the main carpark by The Bridgewater Monument, which was built in 1832 in memory of The Duke of Bridgewater, who once lived in Ashridge House and became famous for building the canals during the Industrial Revolution. During the weekends from April to October you can climb the 172 steps to the top of the monument.
There is a nice cafe here where you can sit outside, which is especially handy for dog owners. Sweet, tangy tomatoes, thick bacon and chunky sausages are on sale along with a variety of cakes and pastries. Take one of the many footpaths and get lost amongst the trees
There is an atmosphere of calm within the forest, a most relaxing experience and although I am a member of The National Trust, you don’t have to be because entry is free to everyone.
It’s often used as a film location and was the setting for parts of The Dirty Dozen and has also appeared in the 2014 fantasy musical drama film, Into the Woods and the 2012 film, Les Misérables.