Sunday, 4 May 2008

Ashridge Estate

This is truly a place loads of photographer dreams on to capture.
I mean look at all this flowers!

Ashridge is an estate and house in Hertfordshire, England; part of the land stretches into Buckinghamshire and it is close to the Bedfordshire border. It is situated in the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about two miles north of Berkhamsted and twenty miles north west of London. Surrounding villages include Aldbury, Pitstone, Ivinghoe, Little Gaddesden, Nettleden, and Potten End.

The estate comprises 20 square kilometres (5,000 acres) of woodlands (known as Ashridge Forest), commons and chalk downland which supports a rich variety of wildlife. It also offers a good choice of waymarked walks through outstanding country. The estate is currently owned by the National Trust.

It should not be confused with Asheridge, which is a hamlet about five miles south-west, the other side of Berkhamsted.

Beautiful "Common Bluebell"

This is the closer look of this tiny lovely creature!

Ashridge Common has been featured many times in film and television series due to its distinction as an area of natural beauty. It was the location for the film Danny, the Champion of the World based on the book by Roald Dahl. Some of the Ashridge Estate have been used for filming parts of the Harry Potter films, including The Goblet of Fire. The Ashridge House, which is now Ashridge Business School has been featured in films such as The Dirty Dozen.

The Bridgewater Monument (grid reference SP970131) is a tower on the Ashridge estate, built in 1832 in memory of Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, "the father of inland navigation". It is 108 feet tall, with 170 steps inside, designed by Sir Jeffry Wyattville in a Doric style. It overlooks the village of Aldbury and the Grand Union Canal. (Sorry, no picture of the monument!!!)

The park is free and it opens all the time. However, the visitor center only opens during office hour (see below).

Visitor Centre, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1LX
Telephone: 01494 755557 (Infoline)

Sneak Preview, next flower meadow visit, not to much being wild, but check out this!


Ellena said...

Wow...this is such a beautiful scene.... our Lord really create wonders in this world...... :)

J.H said...

yeah, if God can create this on the earth, can't imagine how beautiful heaven is!