Albana and trim trail walk
Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QERoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
A short circular walk through some of the woodlands around Ickworth. If you have the energy when you walk along the Trim Trail try your hand on various fitness objects, ranging from pole climbing to ladder walks and leap frog. Or just enjoy the walk, it's especially lovely in spring when it is lined with snowdrops and spring flowers.
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Start: Porter's Lodge TL815615
Start at the Porter's Lodge reception and take the path into the Albana woods opposite.
Porter's Lodge cafe is a delightful outdoor cafe set in the woodland glade behind the building. It's wonderful and sheltered, and very dog friendly. Well worth setting you on your way and of course a well earned cake or three when you return.
Go straight along this path, straight through two 5-bar gates
Just after the second 5-bar gate, the trail divides at a large tree with a small, grave-like stone beneath it that reads Albana Walk. Head to the right and you'll shortly pass a small shelter. It's a good place for a break.
Carrying on, follow the trail as it curves first to the left and then to the right. As you continue along the trail after a while you will come to a large green sign for the Trim Trail, here the trail splits. To just do the very short walk of the Albana walk (just 2km), veer to the left and head directly for point 6 on the map. If wanting to add the 1km Trim Trail loop to the route, take the path to the right and follow the Trim Trail in a loop back to point 6.
The Trim Trail route is lovely. Exercise fans enjoy doing the various exercises, but it's also a lovely short loop to add to your route, diverse trees, spring flowers and a nature haven.
At point 6 - you rejoin the Albana walk, so stay to your right. As you walk along this path, you are walking along the Linnet Valley - along the path of the river Linnet.
The Linnett is in no way a major river, but it provides water for species, and also provides what is known as a wildlife corridor; different species use the river to cross the estate in relative safety, using the fringing vegetation as protection from predators. You may notice a higher number of small birds along the Linnett where it's surrounded by arable fields. This is due to its properties as a corridor.
Just continue along this path, there are a couple of avenues on your left, but ignore them. The Albana walk is a loop and you are now heading back towards step two of the route. You will as you near step two pass this wonderful old pollarded oak.
Pollarding is a general woodland management, clearing the top branches from trees, and it creates the strange bulges and marks in the trees's trunks and a bushier top to the tree. It encourages the tree to produce new growth and ultimately provide new wood for the estate.
Hopefully you will recognise when you return to point where you forked left at the beginning of the walk. It is not long after the pollarded oak. Turn right and go back through the two 5-bar gates. After the second five bar gate turn right. Keep on this path and you will come out of the woods opposite the entrance to the Italianate gardens and West Wing where our restaurant is. The Italianate gardens and stumpery are well worth a visit, but I am afraid we do not allow dogs in this garden.
The Italianate gardens at Ickworth are one of the earliest examples of such. It's not an ornamental flower garden, but home to many unusual trees and shrubs. It also houses our wonderful secretive stumpery. An enchanting magical area loved by the Victorians.
End: Porter's Lodge TL815615
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 2 Miles (3km)
- Time: 1 hour
- OS Map: Landranger 155
Partly gravelled; suitable for pushchairs in non-muddy conditions. Gradients on the Trim Trail may make this part of the trail unsuitable for wheelchairs. Dogs welcome on leads.
- How to get here:
On foot: 3 miles (5km) from Bury St Edmunds, via footpaths
By bike: View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network. We're just off Route 51, which goes through Bury St Edmunds
By bus: Burtons 344/5, Bury St Edmunds/Haverhill route, passing close to Bury St Edmunds Railway Station
By train: Bury St Edmunds 3 miles away, then taxi or bus to Horringer and Ickworth
By car: In Horringer, 3 miles south-west of Bury St Edmunds on the west side of the A143. Signposted as Westley from the A14, junction 42
- Car Park : 200 yds free
- Food and drink : West Wing restaurant. Porter's Lodge selling snacks and refreshments.
- WC's : Toilets adjoining Porter's Lodge and in West Wing basement
- Shopping : NT Gift shop in West Wing.
- Children's play area
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