Ling Ride, Ashridge – A Review

Ling Ride is part of the Ashridge Estate but it’s quieter than the area around Monument Drive. It’s off Beacon Road, near Dockey Wood (which is absolutely stunning in Bluebell season). If you don’t know where any of these places are, they’re near Berkhamstead on the Herts/Beds/Bucks border.

Woodland walks at Ling Ride

It’s amazing how different Ling Ride is from the more popular part of the Ashridge estate. There’s a LOT less people, more wildlife and it’s more rugged. Cyclists are not allowed in this part of the wood either.

There are several ways in which Ling Ride has a different feel from the Monument Drive area. There’s no accessible route at all – it’s all grass foothpaths and tracks (not particularly pushchair friendly). There’s also plenty of opportunities to go a bit more off track (but being careful of the plant life of course). There is a marked path which takes about an hour. I’m guessing this isn’t a toddler hour though!!! Part of this route is along the main accessible path from Monument Drive.

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I wanted to see if Dockey Wood is open (it isn’t at the time of writing) so we took a different path from the marked one, parallel to the road. It’s still far enough back that you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. On the route that we took there’s some awesome fallen trees that the kids LOVED clambering all over. There’s also tons of nooks and crannies for bug hunting.

At this time of year there are lots of bluebells dotted all over the place. They’re not all collected together in this part of the estate as they are in other parts, but they’re beautiful to see.

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No facilities in this part of the woods means Ling Ride is a much quieter place for a walk. There’s no benches and there’s not really many open spaces so you’ll struggle to find somewhere for a picnic. If you’ve just planning on visiting the Ling Ride part of the wood then it really is just for a walk rather than a full day out.

Clean up after your damn dog!!!

Ok. This drives me CRAZY. If you don’t want to pick up poop and carry it around DON’T GET A DOG. I don’t want to, and so I don’t own a dog. Simples. Dog poo all over the place (particularly right in the middle of, or next to narrow footpaths) makes me really cross. Discarded, full poop bags make me really really cross! For some reason, this part of the woods (or at least the routes that we walked) is one of the WORST I’ve ever known for dog poop all over the place. I mean, it was everywhere. I know the difference between wild animal and dog leavings. This was dog. For the sake of all users, just clean up afgter your dog.


Social distancing information

Although we did meet other people, there’s enough space to keep your distance. Some of the paths (particularly near the other car parks) were narrow in places, but there was always a wider section nearby where you could wait until other people passed. We didn’t find any stiles or gates (except at Dockey Wood)


Admission Cost

Free

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Parking – How to get there

Parking – On-site, Free.

How to get there – There are several car parks dotted around the estate. The Ling Ride car park is off Beacon Road. If you’re driving from the Ringshall end a little way up the road you’ll see a load of grey gravel parking on your right and what looks like a driveway or track on your left. This track is actually the entrance to the car park. If you miss this one there’s another one slightly further up.


Toilets

None in this part of the woods. There are some at the main visitor centre.


Food

No food on-site. Not really any good places for picnics that we saw either.


Our Ling Ride Review

It’s really nice to find a new part of a places that we already loved visiting! Quieter, a bit rougher around the edges, but all the better for that. Shame about all the poo though, it really lets Ling Ride down. Easy enough to spot in the summer, but I imagine that gets harder in the winter when everything is pretty much slurry. I couldn’t really let Smallest Child run off as she’s useless at spotting it (and not just running through it).

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I’m Vicky and I am a mum of three living in Aylesbury. I set up Free Time with the Kids to review free and cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, mainly because I kept forgetting all the fabulous places that were recommended to me!! I love getting out and about with the kids (and hubby of course) and we have adventures all over the place. My reviews tell you all the things you need to know about the family days out and activites we’ve done such as how much it costs, if there’s parking, toilets and if there’s a cafe or if picnics are allowed. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook

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