Ickworth Albana walk
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you feel like some exercise there are quite a few sets of equipment you can try, then continue on the loop and you will come back to just after point 4.
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.
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.
West Wing grid reference TL815061385
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