Ickworth Albana walk nr Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Walking trail

A relaxing circular walk through some of the ancient woodlands in Ickworth Park. The Albana walk was initiated as a walk that is fairly hard underfoot and suitable for ladies with long dresses. Look out for the Fawn Hut for a break. Ideal for families.

Trim Trail

If you have the energy then take a detour to the Trim Trail (suitable for adults and children) and try your hand on various fitness objects, ranging from pole-climbing to ladder walks and leap frog.


Ickworth Albana walk map


West Wing reception, grid ref: TL810610


Start at the West Wing reception. Head back towards the car park, then take the first left turn. Continue straight on this path, past the toilets sign. Take the second left, heading towards the Italianate garden entrance.

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Steps at rear of Italianate Garden at Ickworth


Turn right at the stone archway, heading away from the house and gardens. Follow this trail through the wrought iron gate. (The gate is no longer there having been stolen by metal thieves, but the posts remain). When this trail forks, head left and continue straight to pass through two more gates. Please leave these gates open to allow people on mobility scooters access.

These Gate posts on the Ickworth Albana walk are all that remain after the gate was stolen.


Continue straight. 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 on the trail, you'll pass by a large green sign for the Trim Trail. Here the trail splits. To continue on the Albana walk, stay to the left. The trim trail continues round on a loop bringing you round to just after point 4. Otherwise, continuing on the Albana walk, shortly afterwards the trail again forks; continue heading to the left.

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Trim Trail adjoining the Albana walk


As you continue on the trail, you'll pass on the left both an oak and a yew grove near a thatched roof hut (known as the Fawn hut). Take a break in the hut and feel free to explore these groves, or enjoy the view across the Linnett Valley. Don't worry about wandering off the trail. The groves connect to both sides of the trail and can be used as short cuts.

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View across Linnett Valley from Ickworth Albana walk


Continuing straight past the groves, follow the path as it curves through the woodland. You'll eventually reach a fork in the path. Turn sharp left to head back to the start point.

One of the interlinking groves on the Albana walk at Ickworth


To exit, continue to the right, passing once again through the double gates. Take the opportunity to look across the deer park to your right, with a view of the now restored family church. Continue straight on to get back to the main path, on which the Porter's Lodge Visitor Reception centre and car park are located.

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View across old Sheep enclosure in Ickworth park


West Wing reception, grid ref: TL810610

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Ickworth Albana walk nr Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.


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.

Ickworth Albana walk nr Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Contact us

Telephone : 01284 735270

E-mail :  ickworth@nationaltrust.org.uk


Ickworth Albana walk nr Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

How to get here

Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE
By train

Bury St Edmunds 3 miles away, then taxi or bus to Horringer and Ickworth

By road

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

By foot

4.5 miles (7.2km) from Bury St Edmunds, via footpaths

By bus

Burtons 344/5, Bury St Edmunds/Haverhill route, passing close to Bury St. Edmunds Rail Station

By bicycle

View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network Sustrans http://www.sustrans.org.uk/Cycle-Route-Maps‎. We're just off Route 51, which goes through Bury St Edmunds.

Ickworth Albana walk nr Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Facilities and access

  • Food and drink: West Wing café. Porter's Lodge selling snacks and refreshments. New Raquets café in the old squash court.
  • WC's: Toilets in main car park; West Wing basement and near Bothy outside Walled Garden.
  • Shopping: NT Gift shop in West Wing, Second-hand books for sale in various locations including Porter's Lodge Visitor Reception.
  • Children's Play Area to rear of car park.
  • Parking: Free to members. Admission charges apply to non-members.