Ickworth Albana walk

Walking trail

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. In Spring it’s especially lovely with an abundance of snowdrops and spring flowers.

View of the path in the Albana Woods at Ickworth


Ickworth Albana walk map


Porter's Lodge visitor reception, grid reference TL8154161537


Start by heading towards the Albana walk by taking the path through the Laurel Hedge opposite Porter's Lodge. Continue along through the Walnut Paddock path until you reach two five bar gates. Proceed through both gates.

One of the interlinking groves on the Albana walk at Ickworth


Just after the second five bar gate the path divides alongside an old grave style stone Marked “Albana Walk”. Take the right fork and passing a small shelter. Carrying on, follow the trail as it curves first to the left and then to the right. You will come across another path crossing yours. Turn left to the five bar gate this is Round hill which used to be used as a deer enclosure and here is an old shepherds hut.


As you continue along the trail after a while you will come to a large green sign for the Trim Trail, follow the trail for the full walk or turn left for a shorter Albana walk.

Walking in the summer at Ickworth


You will re-join the Albana walk, keep going straight ahead. As you walk along this path, you may hear or observe circling buzzards. Along this walk on your left there are couple of Yew Tree avenues to explore if you would like a detour, however the path is soft under foot and can be quite muddy and difficult for mobility scooters. Just before the Fawn Summer House there is a rare 100 year old Box Tree.

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600 year old oak on the Albana walk in Ickworth park


Moving on not far from the old Oak tree you will recognise the point where you forked left at the beginning of the walk. Turn right and go back through the two five bar gates. After the second five bar gate turn right and keep on this path, where you will get a view across Deer Park to the St Mary’s Church. As you walk through the Iron Gates across the road is the entrance to the Italianate garden.

View of trees in the Italianate with mist in the background


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


West Wing grid reference TL815061385

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Ickworth Albana walk


Firm underfoot some tree roots. May be muddy in wet weather – suitable footwear advisable. Suitable for mobility scooters and pushchairs. Gradients along the Trim Trail may be challenging for wheelchair users. 

 Ickworth is a wonderful place to walk especially with a dog, but we do ask that your dog is kept on a lead at all times and please remove all dog litter (Dog bins located in the Car park and by the Deer park gate on the road)

Ickworth Albana walk

Contact us

Telephone : 01284 735270

E-mail :  ickworth@nationaltrust.org.uk


Ickworth Albana walk

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

We're just off Route 51, which goes through Bury St Edmunds.

Ickworth Albana walk

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 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.