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.
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.
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.
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!
Map from a leaflet
View from the base of monument
Another view of Bob's oak