Alpine Meadow

Alpine Meadow Nature Reserve

© Paul Thrush

A fine piece of chalk grassland in a wooded valley within the unspoilt Ashridge Woodlands.


On Ashridge Estate

OS Map Reference

SP 989 103
A static map of Alpine Meadow

Know before you go

9 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

There is no official parking. The closest place to park and walk in is on the roadside near Bridgewater School in Berkhamsted. From here follow the site entrance directions.

Walking trails

Closeby: Chiltern Way; Hertfordshire Way


Some steep slopes and muddy footpaths. This reserve is surrounded by wider countryside so some walking is required to access.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

A Site of Special Scientific Interest, Alpine Meadow is a chalk grassland rich in wildflowers and butterflies from spring to autumn. Located in a wooded valley within the unspoilt Ashridge woodlands, visitors can spot a variety of birds feeding throughout the winter, while the warm sloping grassland of the reserve attracts many insects during the summer and the opportunity to spot common lizards by the log piles at the top of the slope.

Seasonal Highlights
Blackcap, chiffchaff, common lizard.
Summer: Adder’s-tongue fern, common blue, common spotted orchid, Silver-washed fritillary, small and large white
Autumn: Comma, speckled wood.
Winter: Blue tit, coal tit, long-tailed tit. 

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)


Site entrance: From Bridgewater School in Berkhamsted follow the footpath north for 0.9 miles. Reserve entrance is on main footpath.

Access by road: Take the A4251, Berkhamsted High St, towards Northchurch for 0.25 miles and turn right into Billet Lane, continue over railway line towards Bridgewater School (right then left onto Bridle Way).

Access by public transport
Bus: 30,31, 500, 501 opposite Billet Lane (1.4 miles).
Rail: Berkhamsted (1.9 miles).

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