New path for beauty spot

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Nature lovers expect an extra scenic path through the Ashridge Estate will be open in time for the summer.

There are already two routes through the wooded land – a 0.6km circular around Meadley’s Meadow and a 2km route along Duncombe Terrace towards Ivinghoe Beacon.

The third, which they are working on, will be a 2km route taking in beautiful views over Aldbury and the surrounding countryside. All of these tracks are suitable for wheelchair use.

Voluntary group the Friends of Ashridge, who look after the estate for its National Trust owners, also provide free buggies for people who need them in the afternoons. They are available for most of the year.

The Friends’ chairman Mike Bean said: “The provision of this new route will not only extend the range of travel for our one and two-people vehicles into different areas of the estate and open up new vistas, but it will also provide additional all-weather routes for any walkers – especially useful in the otherwise muddy winter months.”

The Friends’ project was boosted by a £1,000 donation by performers from the Revue Variety Company.

Its latest production, The Show is On, will be at the Kings Langley Community Centre from Monday, April 2, to Saturday, May 7.

For more information, call its box office on 01923 265310 or visit

To book a buggy, pop into the Ashridge Estate visitor centre in Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, phone 01442 851227 or email