Ickworth History walk

Walking trail

With its history traced back to Domesday, Ickworth 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 centuries under the care, love and sometimes eccentric attentions of the Hervey’s and St. Edmundsbury Abbey.

Two trees standing in a field which has been harvested of its crop



Porter's Lodge visitor reception, grid reference TL8154161537


Start at the Porter's Lodge visitor reception and take the path into the Albana Woods opposite the cottage. Continue along the Walnut Paddock path until you reach two five bar gates.

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Ickworth Porter's Lodge Visitor Centre formerly known as Honeyball's Cottage


Go through the first gate and turn left until reaching another gate. The area in front of you is the site of the medieval Hamlet of Ickworth the road would have led down between the Oak trees to St. Mary’s Church.

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View across old Ickworth Village down to the church


Continue through the gate; down over the field towards Parson's pond. Continue down the hill to St. Mary's Church. At St Mary’s church walk to the back wall and look over the field behind the church yard. This is the site of the Medieval Ickworth Hall. Entry into the church and see the 13th century altar with the 14th century wall painting depicting the Annunciation of Angel Gabriel. Looking up into the roof you will see the Oak Cross above the triple-decker pulpit dating from 1770s. To your right and above is the Hervey family pew constructed in the 1830, below which is the family vault (access by tour only through the Church)

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Parson's Pond in Ickworth Park


Walk back to the road, take the right fork and continue down the hill past the Walled Garden until reaching the cross roads. As you walk down the trail on your left you will get a beautiful view across the Linnet Valley. Now cross the bridge and turn right.

A photograph of the River Linnet


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 past the White House and go through the five bar gate and continue along the Linnet Valley for about a mile, before reaching another five bar gate you will see a footbridge. Taking care going down and up the steps, cross the footbridge and keep left. The path will take you up to the Albana Wood. You are now at the bottom of the Albana Walk on the Trim Trail.

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


Take the right fork following the orange way markers which leads you to the box hedge and wonderful views across the Linnet Valley. (Bearing left will show a different view of the Albana walk without views, but both routes will eventually take you back to the Porter's Lodge and the end of your walk.)

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View of the path in the Albana Woods at Ickworth


Porter's Lodge visitor reception, grid reference TL8154161537

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Ickworth History walk


Field footpaths, tree routes, firm underfoot, gravel and tarmac path. May be muddy in wet weather (winter) suitable footwear advisable. Not suitable for wheelchair / mobility scooters pushchairs on account of steps and narrow foot bridge at point 8.

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 on the estate. Please remove all dog litter (Dog bins located Car Park, Dear Park gate, Walled Garden and Linnet River bridge.)

Ickworth History walk

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Ickworth History walk

How to get here

Porter's Lodge visitor reception, TL8154161537
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

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 and near 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.