Ashridge Christmas Trail

Sunday, 16 November 2014

This afternoon we wanted to have a short family walk and get some fresh air. Having compiled a list of Family Christmas Events in the local area, I knew that the Christmas Trail at Ashridge Estate had started this weekend so it seemed like a great opportunity to go and try this out.

The Ashridge Estate is about a half hour drive from Aylesbury. It is managed by the National Trust, however you don't need to be a NT member and there's no charge to wander around the woodlands.

We've visited the woods in the past and actually climbed up to the top of the Bridgewater Monument. You could barely see it today, it was so misty!

We popped into the Visitor Centre and got our Christmas Trail pack which is £1. There was a quiz sheet along with a map to show the trail route around Meadleys Meadow. The aim is to find Blitzen the reindeer who has got lost in the woods!

I think Little Miss A could have walked around the whole trail without too much trouble. It's not too long. However, we purchased a new backpack carrier at the recent NCT Nearly New Sale and Mr MoaB wanted to try this out. Little Miss A loves the view up high anyway!

As you go along the trail there are boards with information about the winter wildlife at Ashridge and you answer a question or do a task from the Trail sheet. At one point you'd have found us singing 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' very loudly as we walked along! Little Miss A had no idea why we were singing but bopped her head along!

It's a really great Trail that is ideally suited to little ones as it's not too long. We enjoyed the walk even with the limited visibility!

After going back into the Visitor Centre to claim our prize for completing the Trail, we then enjoyed a hot drink at the Cafe. There was then just time for Little Miss A to have a good splash in some very big puddles and then it was a quick dash back to the car as it started to rain!

Would definitely recommend this Trail. All it costs is £1 for the Trail sheet which obviously goes towards the National Trust. There are no charges for car parking at the woods so if you take your own refreshments etc. then it's a very cheap few hours out!

A great first family festive activity of the year!

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2 Responses to “Ashridge Christmas Trail”

  1. A brilliant activity for a young family and with a lovely cafe to warm up in at the end it's very festive too!

  2. Definitely agree! Love activities like this to get us feeling festive!


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