Ickworth Monument walk / cycle route
A long circular walk or cycle ride 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.
Ickworth main car park, grid ref: TL810610
From the Car Park turn right and take the gravel road past Porter’s Lodge. Take the right fork and continue to the five bar Deer Park gate. Continue straight on and look out for the Parson's pond on your right, then continue on past St Mary’s church on your left. The path bears right alongside the Walled Garden and continues downhill to the bottom of the Deer park and a bridge.
Cross the bridge and up Stoney Hill in front of you. This was the Chevington Way used by villagers to take their livestock and produce to the market in Bury St Edmunds. Near the top the path bears left between Stoneyhill Wood and Downter’s Wood.
The Canal Lake was dug, and the kitchen garden and summerhouse built, by the 1st Earl of Bristol shortly before 1717. You might be lucky to see a buzzard in flight here.
Just before the gravel path bears left you will pass one of Ickworth’s Wellingtonia (sequoiadendron giganteum) largest trees. Go through the five bar gate and to your left is an ideal picnic spot giving you one of the best views. Follow the gravel path through the five bar gate into the woods as it meanders its way through Chevington Field Plantation and Lownde Wood. You may see Roe deer between the trees or hear Woodpeckers.
The gravel path follows alongside Monument Meadow and you will glimpse the Monument through the trees. Shortly a path will appear on your right take this go through the five bar gate and walk across the meadow to the monument. (the field may not be suitable to mobility scooters/wheelchairs) Lord Bristol’s Monument is 95 feet high made of limestone with lengthy inscription in memory of the Early Bishop and was erected in 1817.
Retrace your steps to the gravel path and turn right, as you pass Martin’s Green Field where you can see the Rotunda in the distance. Just past Ivy Cottage the path bears left in to Lady Katherine’s Wood. Walking through this wood you may be lucky to see Fallow Deer that roam this park. Soon you will pass the Round House a former gamekeeper’s cottage, now a National Trust holiday cottage.
Continuing down the path you soon arrive at the Fairy lake, which was created by damming the River Linnet and the path runs along the top of the dam. Just past the lake the path turns left and follows the river Linnet. From here you can get glimpses of the Rotunda.
Staying on the gravel path, you will come across a bird hide where you can observe an abundant variety of birds. Continue along this path up alongside the Walled Garden and you will shortly pass St. Mary’s Church. Drop into St. Mary’s Church and see the 13th century altar with the 14th century wall painting of the Annunciation of Angel Gabriel. The field behind the church is the site of the Ickworth Medieval Hall.
As you walk on you will see a row of Oak trees to your left which is the site of the Hamlet of Ickworth. You will soon pass Parsons Pond which is near the site of the parsonage, burnt down in the 16th century. From the original deeds the parsonage consisted of a 'hall, a parlour, a dairy and buttery, two little lower chambers, and three upper chambers'. Pass through the five bar gate and take the second turn on your right which leads you to West Wing and the Rotunda, or straight ahead past Porters Lodge and to the Car Park.
West Wing, grid reference TL815061385
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