Fun facts re our Autumn in Ashridge walks on Saturday:
We’ll go past Ashridge House, the Bridgewater Monument and through the Golden Valley.
A monastery, founded in 1283, was originally at the centre of the Ashridge Estate – near where Ashridge House is currently. It became home to Princess Elizabeth I, before she became Queen, after Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. She became a virtual prisoner there, and it is the place where she was arrested by her sister Queen Mary in 1552 before being taken to the Tower of London.
The former monastery later became home to Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, who invented the first modern British canal – the Bridgewater Canal, to service his coal mines in Worsley, Lancashire.
Meeting place: Free public car park opposite Bede Court in Church Road, Little Gaddesden (HP4 1NX)
Meeting time: 9.30am for morning walk, 12noon for lunch and then afternoon walk, 1.30pm for afternoon walk only.
If you take part in the morning walk, you don’t have to stay for lunch or the afternoon walk.