Ickworth Monument walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Walking trail

A long circular walk heading towards the monument at the southern end of the park at Ickworth. The monument was erected in 1817 by the people of Derry as a memorial to Frederick Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol. Pass many highlights on the way including Parson's pond, Albana Wood, walled garden, canal lake, family church and Fairy lake at Ickworth. Suitable for active families.

The Earl Bishop

The Earl Bishop (4th Earl of Bristol) started the building of Ickworth House in 1795. The Monument was erected in his memory. He died on the road in Italy in 1803 and it fell to his son the 5th Earl (later elevated to the 1st Marquess) to finish building the house by 1829.


The monument walk OS route map


Ickworth main car park, grid ref: TL810610


Heading towards the main house, take the right-hand fork and bear left through the gate heading towards the walled garden. If animals are grazing please shut the gate behind you. Then follow the road down the hill towards the old St. Mary's family church (now open for visitors), passing Parson's pond on your right. On the horizon you may well be able to see the top of the monument.

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Parson's Pond in Ickworth Park


When you reach the church, leave the road and head towards the wall, behind which is the walled garden. Go through the five-bar gate (shutting it behind you). Follow the wall to the end and turn right, through the black metal gate into the walled garden beside what is known as the Canal Lake. Look out for bees in summer.

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A view of the Ickworth Canal Lake and the Walled Garden


After exploring the walled garden, return the way you came; exit through the black metal gate, turn left and walk back up the path beside the wall to the five-bar gate. Just before the gate, turn hard right, and after a few yards stop at the bird hide.

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Blur Tits feeding on the bird feeder near the Ickworth Walled Garden


A few yards down, follow the path straight along the valley, enjoying views of the Rotunda to your left. Cross the wooden bridge and walk through a sometimes muddy section, then climb the steps; you're now at the Fairy Lake.

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The Fairy Lake at Ickworth in winter


Turn left and follow the dam. Following the red and blue marker posts, turn right at the other side of the dam. After a few yards keep straight on, following the path at the edge of the woods close to the field. Follow it to the top.


At the crossroads, turn right by the sign for Lady Hervey's Wood and then by the next red marker post keep straight on.


Pause and take a look at the Round House to your right. When you get to the end of the path, turn left and then right, following the red marker posts for a fairly long way. This path can be very muddy.

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View of the Round House holiday cottage sitting in the Ickworth parkland


At the end of the field (with spectacular views of the Rotunda to the right), keep right, still following the red marker posts. Now look out for the monument in the field to your left (8a on the map). When you get to the stile, cross into the field and walk across to it.

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A view of the Ickworth Monument


From the monument, return to the stile and turn left back on to the red-posted muddy path and follow for quite a long way. As you cross Chevington field plantation, you might be able to see Chevington church to your left in the distance. Now follow the path to the gate where it meets the road. Turn right and follow the path past Stoney Hill Wood on your left and Downter's Wood on your right.

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A view of Horsepool Farm from the Ickworth Estate


Continue until reaching a cattle grid. Cross the grid and turn left; this is known as the Old Deer Park. Follow the path along the valley to the wooden footbridge, over the stream to your right.

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Fallow Deer in Ickworth park


Cross the wooden bridge and follow the edge of the field to the top, then enter the woods by the orange marker post. Turn right and follow the path past views to the right over the valley; the monument can be seen peeping through the trees in the distance.


You're now entering part of the Albana walk. Follow the path, without turning off anywhere, and shortly after the 600-year-old oak tree, turn right. Upon reaching the five-bar gate, turn left and then right into the car park. Head towards the West Wing café or Porter’s Lodge outdoor café (very dog-friendly) if you're hungry or fancy a drink.

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View of the path in the Albana Woods at Ickworth


Ickworth main car park, grid ref: TL810610

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Ickworth Monument walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk


Path is mostly woodland floor, with roots and grassland, some stiles. Will be very muddy after rain; suitable footwear advised. Dogs are welcome on leads only but not in Italianate garden; please do not allow your dog to foul on and around footpaths and picnic areas.

Ickworth Monument walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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Ickworth Monument walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

How to get here

Ickworth, 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 Monument walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • • Car Park: Free to NT members. Access charge to estate non-members
  • • WC's: West Wing basement, Main car park and near Bothy outside Walled Garden
  • • Food and Drink: West Wing café, Porter's Lodge (very dog-friendly) outdoor café
  • • Shopping: Plant and Garden shop in main car park; NT Gift shop, Second-hand books for sale at various locations including Porter's Lodge Visitor Recepion.
  • • Children's play area to rear of car park.