Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands. These landscapes support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and fallow deer that rut in autumn.

For the August 2019 monthly trek, 16 Oshwal trekkers gathered early on bright sunny Sunday morning to walk the Bridgewater Monument to Ivinghoe Beacon trail.

We started with a few warm-up stretches and then from the visitor centre we headed across Monument Green and took the path to the right of the Monument. Follow the well-surfaced track through the woods.

Along the track we admired the view on over Aldbury Nowers and Duncombe Farm.

It was a very hot day, with temperature reaching 30 degrees!! So everyone had plenty of water and munched on fruits and nuts along the route!!

After 1 and a half hour of hiking, we reached Ivinghoe Beacon, which was an Iron Age hill fort.

Afterwards, we hiked around the fields near Ivinghoe, to return to Bridgewater Monument. When we retuned we found that National Trust had opened up the Monument and we could climb up the 192 steps to the top of the Monument to admire the spectacular 360 degree views of the wonderful countryside. In the distance we could also see the key landmarks of London City!

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