Ickworth River Linnet walk & cycle route

Cycling trail

This route forms the first half of the Multi-use track (the 2nd is the Monument Walk). Taking you past Ickworth Lodge and along the River Linnet and up past the Walled Garden and St. Mary’s Church. Buzzard and Kingfishers frequent this area of the park; Roe Deer can be seen at Dawn and Dusk.

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Start:

Car Park, grid reference TL 814616

1

Leaving up the left hand side of the car park, past the bicycles rack and walk through the hedge onto the road.

2

Half way along the over flow car park you will see the Tea party Oak. When there are no sheep you can walk up and look at the spectacular form it has taken.

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

3

Passing the Ickworth Lodge, (Between 1710 and 1795, whilst the present Ickworth house was being built, the family would have largely stayed in the Lodge when on the estate). It is now part of the Ickworth Hotel. Take the right fork heading down to the Linnet River

Ickworth Lodge

4

As you approach the next junction take the left trail boarded by a hedge on both sides. As you come out of the hedged trail you will see on the left a five bar gate, just up the hill you can see the Ice House entrance. Keep on walking to the T junction ahead of you and turn left and go through the five bar gate.

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5

Continue along the Linnet Valley to the five bar gate, going through you will see earthworks on your left. The little narrow bridge below takes you up into the Trim Trail and Albana woods, leading to Porters Lodge.

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A photograph of the River Linnet

6

Just past the five bar gate is The White House and on the left through the trees in spring you will find a large swathe of snowdrops. Walking along the trail until you come to a junction and bridge (The right trail is the Monument Trail). Cross the bridge and walk up the slope, as you reach the top look to your right where you will have a lovely view across the Linnet Valley.

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

7

Pass the Walled Garden (No dogs are allowed with the exception of assistance dogs.), and St. Mary’s Church drop in 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.

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St Marys Church Ickworth

8

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.

Family walking towards the Porters Lodge at Ickworth

End:

West Wing grid reference TL 815061385

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Ickworth River Linnet walk & cycle route

Terrain

Firm underfoot, gravel path. Suitable for wheelchair / mobility scooters and pushchairs. The route consists of flat terrain and gentle slopes. Throughout this trail there are five bar gates with ¼ gates to the side that are very easy to open and close. Please ensure the gates are closed behind you. 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 and please remove all dog litter. 

Ickworth River Linnet walk & cycle route

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Ickworth River Linnet walk & cycle route

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 River Linnet walk & cycle route

Facilities and access

  • Parking: Car park free but access charge to estate
  • WC's: Car park, West Wing basement, near the Walled Garden
  • Food and drink: West Wing café, Squash court café, Porter's Lodge Outdoor café - very dog-friendly
  • Shopping: Plant & Garden centre, NT Gift shop, Second-hand books in West Wing gallery
  • Children's Play area to rear of car park.
  • Baby-slings, Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters available