Ickworth, Family Black Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Cycling trail

A not too-difficult circular cycling route for the family, heading through a picturesque landscape, passing the church and the walled garden. The route is extremely well way-marked and there's always plenty of opportunity to explore other tracks and paths en-route.

River Linnet

The river Linnet runs along a large part of the route and you could always take a rest at the 'Tea Party oak'.


Ickworth Family Black cycle route map


Porter's Lodge visitor reception grid ref: TL815616


This cycle route is very well way-marked. Bringing your own bikes, start from the Porter's lodge outdoor café and visitor reception, and head slightly right towards the five-bar gate taking the path down the hill towards the church. If sheep are present please shut the gate behind you.


Continue straight on passing the Parson's pond on your right, then continue on to the Ickworth family church on your left.

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Parson's Pond in Ickworth Park


The path bears right and continues downhill to the bottom of the deer park and a bridge. Go over the bridge and turn right. An overgrown River Linnet can be seen here at the bridge.

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A rather overgrown River Linnet in Ickworth park


Follow the path past the white thatched house and go straight through the 5-bar gate - just stay on this path.

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Ickworth White House; one of the 19 cottages on the estate.


As you cycle along with the modest river Linnet on your right, enjoy the views across the parkland. As you approach the next 5-bar gate there's a tree with it's roots leading down into the water, a great spot to rest awhile.


Continue on the grass track until you reach the end of the field and another 5-bar gate. Go through the gate and turn right onto the stone track.


As you go along the track, not far up there's a 5-bar gate on your right just opposite a magnificent dead tree. Here you can walk a little way into the field to see the Ice House, overgrown with foliage and nettles; not currently maintained and unused since Victorian times, but it's still possible to see inside.

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Ickworth's Victorian Ice House


Back on the track it turns into a better tarmac path/road passing the 'Lodge' on the right-hand side, and the Tea Party Oak a bit further on, also on the same side. Then continue all the way back to the main car park and Porter's Lodge with it's open air café for some refreshment.

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Ickworth Dower House on Pink Cycle route


Porter's Lodge visitor reception grid ref: TL815616

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Ickworth, Family Black Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk


Route mainly hard surface, stony paths and some grassland. Some 5-bar gates.

Ickworth, Family Black Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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Ickworth, Family Black Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

How to get here

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

Bury St Edmunds station 3 miles (4.8km), then taxi or bus to Horringer and Ickworth

By road

In Horringer, 3 miles (4.8km) south-west of Bury St Edmunds on the west side of A143. Signposted as Westley from A14, junction 42

By foot

4.5 miles (7.2kms) via footpaths from Bury St Edmunds

By bus

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

By bicycle

Just off Route 51, which goes through Bury St Edmunds. See Sustrans website

Ickworth, Family Black Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: Car park free but access charge to estate
  • WC's: Car park, West Wing basement, near Bothy by Walled Garden
  • Food and drink: West Wing café, Squash court café, Porter's Lodge Outdoor café - very dog-friendly
  • Shopping: Plant & Garden centre, NT Gift shop, Second-hand books in West Wing gallery
  • Children's Play area to rear of car park.
  • Baby-slings, Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters available