Today we visited Ashridge Forest near Tring in Hertfordshire with some friends. Its free to park and there is always lots of space as it covers over 5000 acres of the Chilterns countryside.
First we headed to see the Bridgewater Monument which is the first thing you notice when you arrive. You can climb to the top via 172 steps and it has far stretching views including towards London. There is a small charge to climb it and the staff gave us some binoculars for the children to use at the top and a spotting sheet so we knew what to look out for.
We then headed for a little play area to the left of the monument which had logs etc to climb on and over.
There are lots of different walks that you can do at Ashridge which vary in length from about 1 mile to over 10 miles so it really depends how energetic you feel. The visitors centre has maps of the different routes.
We took the path that circles the meadow and found plenty of dens and things to explore in the woodland.
The main meadow and the area in front of the monument have open spaces so are suitable for ball games/ kite flying etc.
There is also a small visitors centre, shop and cafe near the monument.
Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands.