Ickworth History walk, Ickworth Park, Horringer, near Bury. St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Walking trail

With its history traced back to Domesday, Ickworth park has quite a story to tell. Originally managed as a working estate, its status today as a pleasure ground dates back only as far as the early 18th century. Walk with us around this beautiful parkland and let your imagination fly with our stories of its development over the years under the care, love and sometimes eccentric attentions of generations of Herveys and St Edmundsbury Abbey. See the sites of the original medieval Ickworth village and Hall. Visit the now-restored St. Mary’s, Hervey family church. Finish by walking part of the Albana walk and see some of its ancient trees.

Ickworth Park

This route takes in a mixture of way-marked routes and cross-country paths, taking you through diverse habitats and scenery including open parkland with some great views. The remote areas and ancient woodland provides likely spots for deer sightings, while closer to the house, you pass the walled garden and church.


Ickworth History Walk map 2018


Porter's Lodge visitor reception, grid reference TL815617


Start at the Porter's Lodge visitor reception and take the path into the Albana Woods opposite the building.

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Ickworth West wing viewed from the Italianate Graden


Continue along the Albana walk path until you reach a five bar gate. Go through the gate; and turn left until reaching another gate. The area in front of you is the site of the medieval village of Ickworth

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View across old Ickworth Village down to the church


If the field is clear of livestock, continue through the gate; down over the field towards Parson's pond. If livestock are present, it will be necessary to retrace your steps back to the beginning of the Albana walk, turning right and heading towards another five bar gate and the surfaced path down to Parson's Pond.

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Parson's Pond in Ickworth Park


Continue down the hill to St. Mary's Church

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St. Mary's church Ickworth


Now walking to the right of the church; go round the back and look over the field behind the church yard. This is the site of the medieval Ickworth Hall

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The original medieval Ickworth Hall would possibly have looked like this


Walk back to the main road and continue down the hill past the walled garden, until reaching the cross roads, and bridge to your left. Before reaching the cross roads, stop for a view of the 'White House'. Now cross the bridge and turn right.

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


Walk up to the White House; go through the gate to the right, and continue on for about a mile, until reaching a stile gate.

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Rape growing in one of the fields adjoining the Albana walk.


Just before you reach the stile gate, a footbridge to your right will take you up to the back of the Albana Wood (orange markers bearing to the right through the trees) on the Trim Trail walk.

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Ickworth History walk footbridge at step 8. Not wheelchair-friendly


Now you are on the Albana walk Trim trail section. Bear right, following the orange markers; bearing left will show you more of the Albana walk, but both routes will eventually take you back to the Porter's Lodge and the end of your walk. Ensure you stop for a coffee and a sandwich at the rear of the Porter's Lodge. Very dog-friendly.

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600 year old oak on the Albana walk in Ickworth park


Porter's Lodge visitor reception, grid reference TL815617

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Ickworth History walk, Ickworth Park, Horringer, near Bury. St. Edmunds, Suffolk


Field footpaths, tree routes, firm underfoot and tarmac path. It may be muddy in wet weather, so do dress for the weather with suitable footwear advisable. It may not be suitable for wheelchair access on account of steps at point 8. Pushchairs are possible. Dogs are very welcome on leads at all times on the estate, and please do remove all dog litter.

Ickworth History walk, Ickworth Park, Horringer, near Bury. St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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Ickworth History walk, Ickworth Park, Horringer, 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 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 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 Train Station

By bicycle

View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network. We're just off Route 51 which goes through Bury St Edmunds.

Ickworth History walk, Ickworth Park, Horringer, near Bury. St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • • Car park (free for NT members)
  • • Food and drink: West Wing café. Very dog-friendly Porter's Lodge café selling snacks and refreshments.
  • • WC's: Toilets in main car park; West Wing basement an near Bothy outside Walled Garden.
  • • Shopping: NT Gift shop in West Wing. Plant shop in car park. Second-hand books for sale in various locations including Porter's Lodge Visitor Reception.
  • Children's play area at rear of car park.