Ickworth Northern Estate walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Walking trail

The Northern Estate walk will take you past hidden parts of the Ickworth Estate which are often overlooked. See the Tea-party Oak; Old Victorian Ice House; the Fawn Summerhouse and the site of the village of Little Horringer.

An easy walk for all the family..


Ickworth Northern Estate walk map


Porter's Lodge Visitor Centre TL814616


Start at the Porter’s Lodge – or Honeyball Cottage.

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


Facing the Porter’s Lodge turn left.

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Pass through the Lodge Gates and carry straight on, passing the car park on your left and the main drive on your right. A little way along this path, look to the left and you will notice in the field a particularly fine old oak tree protected by a fence. If no livestock are present, cross the field and look closer.

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Ickworth Tea Party Oak - the Horringer children used to have tea parties here in days gone by.


Continuing further along the road you will reach the Lodge on the left hand-side..

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Ickworth Dower House on Pink Cycle route


Carry straight on along the road (signed to King’s Meadow). At the next junction take the left-hand path following the red route marker post. Continue downhill and stop when reaching a gate in the hedge on the left

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Ickworth's Victorian Ice House


On the road again, turn left and carry on downhill until you reach a gate and stile on the left. Cross the stile and onto the track which follows the course of the River Linnet.

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Continue on this track crossing the stile. Once across and through the gate, step into the trees to look at the earthworks

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Return to the track and carry on until reaching the bridge on your left over the River Linnet. Cross the bridge and follow the path up hill and into the Albana Walk, bearing left where the path divides.


Follow the path until you arrive at the Fawn Summerhouse.

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Ickworth Fawn Summer House gained its name because Lord Francis Hervey, son of the 2nd Marquess encountered a fawn here.


Carry on the Albana Walk bearing left until you reach the gate. Go through the two gates and then take the path to your right. You will shortly reach two metal gate posts shortly before the path meets the drive.

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These Gate posts on the Ickworth Albana walk are all that remain after the gate was stolen.


Now follow the path to the drive and turn left, continuing to the Porter’s Lodge Visitor Centre and the end of your walk. The open-air dog-friendly café is situated at the rear!


Porter's Lodge Visitor Centre TL814616

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Ickworth Northern Estate walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk


Some of the paths are uneven, and the route includes some hills and stiles. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Paths may be muddy after wet weather; suitable footwear may be necessary. Dogs welcome on leads please.

Ickworth Northern Estate walk, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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Ickworth Northern Estate walk, 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 Northern Estate walk, 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 and near Bothy outside Walled Garden.
  • • Shopping: NT Gift shop in West Wing. Plant shop in car park (2016). Second-hand books for sale in various locations including Porter's Lodge Visitor Reception.
  • • Children's play area to rear of car park