Trip to Bridgewater Monument

in Pinmapple5 months ago

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This week we went for a small trip to Bridgewater Monument which is part of Ashridge Estate, located in Hertfordshire, UK.

It was erected in 1832 to commemorate Francis "Canal Duke" Edgerton, a pioneer in the construction of canals during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

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Located near the Ashridge Estate, it was designed by Jeffry Wyattville in the neoclassical style, standing as a 33m tall Greek column with a giant copper funerary urn at the top. To reach the viewing platform, you must conquer 172 steps. On a clear day, you can even spot London's Canary Wharf from this vantage point.

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View from the platform

Ashridge Estate spans 5000 acres, primarily consisting of ancient woods, where you can encounter trees older than 400 years, including the famous "Bob's oak." It is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, and you might even come across a deer during your visit.

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Bob's oak

Bridgewater Monument serves as an excellent starting point for hiking Ashridge Estate, offering ample parking and amenities like a cafe and shop. Several circular trails begin here, allowing you to explore destinations such as Pistone Windmill or Ashridge House after a short walk, but those are stories for another trip!

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Map from a leaflet

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View from the base of monument

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Nearby meadow

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Ancient tree

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Another view of Bob's oak

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