Ashridge Drovers Short Walk


The Gallops at Aldbury © Ian Petticrew
View of Ashridge Monument © Dylan Moore
St John the Baptist, Aldbury © Ian Petticrew

Explore deep into the beech woods of the Ashridge National Trust Estate and take in Aldbury, one of the prettiest villages in England with its village pond and stocks. You can start, break or finish your walk with a tasty meal or refreshing drink. On weekend afternoons in summer you can also climb the Bridgewater Monument for the best views in the Chilterns. This is the short version of the Ashridge Drovers walk. For the longer trail please click here.

The Ashridge Drovers Walk follows typically Chiltern sunken lanes that criss-cross the area. This network of ancient green lanes would have been used over hundreds of years to move livestock from the villages of Aldbury, Ivinghoe and Pitstone to their common lands. This movement of livestock was called droving.