Cycling

Cycling trail

Ickworth Pink Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Cycling trail

A long circular route heading towards the monument at the southern end of the park, taking in most of the perimeter of the estate with some spectacular views of the Rotunda. The route is extremely well way-marked and there are plenty of opportunities to explore other tracks and paths as you go round.

Ideal for active cyclists....

Map

Ickworth Pink Ccvle route 2016 map

Start:

Ickworth main car park, grid ref: TL810610

1

This cycle route is very well waymarked. Starting from the main car park, proceed back down the main drive towards the village of Horringer and main gates.

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2

Just before you reach the main gates, turn right off the drive and follow the pink way-marker through the gate into Adkins Wood. Cycle through the wood and at the next two junctions continue straight on following the pink way-markers. If you look right here, you'll find information on tree tags and tree health inspections.

3

When you arrive at Fontainebleau Grove, turn right and then follow the path to the left. As you cycle through the wood, look right at two small ponds which have some dead wood in them, excellent habitat for insects and pond life.

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Image of a pond on the Ickworth Pink Cycle route

4

Turn right at the entrance for Lady Hervey's Wood and follow the route with arable land to your right and the wood to your left. You'll catch a glimpse of the Rotunda to your right. Turn left at the end of the field and continue past the Fairy Lake.

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View of Ickworth Fairy Lake on Pink Cycle route

5

You will pass the Round House on your right, once a gamekeeper’s house intended as a shelter for shooting parties, and now National Trust holiday cottage. Shortly after the Round House, turn right at the sign for Lady Katharine's Wood over the wooden boarding covering a ditch. As you cycle through the wood you'll see mostly evergreen trees on your left and deciduous on your right.

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

6

Continue to follow the pink waymarkers and look out for charcoal burning in process. Charcoal is sold on the estate. At the end of Lady Katharine's Wood, turn right back out into the open, and look right for a fabulous view of the Rotunda.

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View across fields of the Rotunda from point 6 on Ickworth Pink Cycle route

7

Bear right into Lownde Wood, keeping the edge of the woodland on your right, and look out for the monument on your left.

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Before Coppicing Ickworth

8

Follow the route round a sharp left hand bend hugging the monument field. The path can get a little narrow in places here but continue to follow the pink waymarkers through the wood.

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A view of the Ickworth Monument

9

Exit out of Lownde Wood and turn right through iron gate posts. Pass Downter's Wood on the right and Stoney Hill Wood on your left. Follow the road round to open countryside and down a steep hill, which is known as Stoney Hill. The land next to this section of the route down Stoney Hill was ploughed up for Dig for Victory. The farmland is now tenanted and continues to be working land.

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Picture of an Iron pier damaged by a tank during World War 2 training

10

At the bottom of the hill, go over the cattle grid and turn left on to the pathway. Go past the White House on your left and through the gateway.

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Collapsed Bridge across river leading to Albana Wood

11

Continue through the next gateway onto open fields. At the next gateway, opposite Mordaboys Cottage, turn right and proceed up the hill. At the top of the hill turn sharp right and you will now be on a tarmac road. In a field to your right there are the remains of a Victorian ice house.

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Ickworth's Victorian Ice House

12

You will now be on a tarmac road; continue past the Ickworth Lodge (originally called the Dower House) on your right and follow the road back to the main car park.

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Ickworth Dower House on Pink Cycle route

End:

Ickworth main car park, grid ref: TL810610

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Ickworth Pink Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Terrain

Path is mostly woodland floor, with roots and grassland, some gates. Will be very muddy after rain. Offroad trails and paths; some sections can be quite narrow and muddy. One steep section on a well-surfaced trail. Trails are shared with walkers, so please take care.

Ickworth Pink Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Contact us

Ickworth Pink Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

How to get here

Address
Ickworth House, 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 Pink Cycle route, near Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking : Car park free but access charge to estate.
  • W.C's : West Wing Basement, main car park, and near Bothy oe Walled Garden.
  • Food and drink: West Wing café and Porter's Lodge (very dog-friendly) outdoor café.
  • Shopping : Plant and Garden Centre; NT Gift shop; Second-hand books for sale in various locations including Porter's Lodge Visitor Reception
  • Children's play area to rear of car park.