Ickworth Lady Hervey Walk

Walking trail

A circular parkland walk starting from the Porter’s Lodge down the main drive, through Adkins Wood to Fairy Lake and Canal Lake then up to St Mary’s Church (Hervey’s family church), and returning to West Wing.

Ickworth Fairy Lake



Porter's Lodge visitor reception, grid reference TL 8154161537


From the Porters Lodge turn left past the Car park, bear right past the kiosk and down the main drive to the Main gates.

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


Just before the Park gates turn right through the five bar gates. Following the pink way marker posts along the path. Shortly the path splits bears right and where the path turns left you will see the old Adkins Wood stone marker. Keep walking along this windy path until you re-join the main path


When you arrive at the Fontainebleau Grove sign bear right. Keeping to this winding route, you will come to a wide crossroad At the crossroad continue straight across onto a smaller path which takes you into Lady Hervey’s Wood and winds its way around the back of Fairy lake.


Your path now joins a gravel path. Walk up to the Fairy Lake have a seat on the bench and take a moment to enjoy the view and peaceful surroundings. To your right are steps leading down to the boardwalk which joins your path further along (Not suitable for pushchairs). If you'd prefer continue on the hard standing.

Ickworth Fairy Lake


Walk to your left and turn left following the gravel path. Along this trail you will catch glimpses of the Rotunda. Where the gravel path bears right following the field take the left grass path. Shortly you will see an Iron Gate ahead through the trees (entrance to Walled Garden), here turn left across the river Linnet through the five bar gate.

Ickworth's walled garden in summer


You now find yourself alongside the Canal and opposite the Walled Garden. Keep following the bank of the Linnet river until you join the gravel road crossroad. Turn left across the bridge and up the hill. You might be lucky to see a buzzard or hawk in flight here. Half way up the road look back to your left and take in the view over the valley.

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This gravel road leads you past the Walled Garden (dogs are not allowed into the Walled Garden with the exception to assistance dogs.) and St Mary’s church and onto a five bar gate, look out for the Parson's pond on your left. Through the gate and take the second right turn and so back to West Wing for a slice of cake!


West Wing reception, grid reference TL 8815061385

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Ickworth Lady Hervey Walk


Woodland and grass paths, with gravel and tarmac road. May be quite muddy in wet weather (Winter) – suitable footwear advisable. Not suitable for wheelchair / mobility scooters due to muddy conditions; pushchairs may be possible.

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 Lady Hervey Walk

Contact us

Ickworth Lady Hervey Walk

How to get here

Ickworth House, 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

Ickworth Lady Hervey Walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking: Free of charge but estate admission applies
  • WC's: Car Park, West Wing & near the Walled Garden
  • Food and drink: Porters Lodge, dog friendly cafe, West Wing & Squash Court Cafe
  • Shopping: NT Gift Shop, Plant and Garden Shop & second hand books in West Wing Gallery
  • Children's play area to rear of car park
  • Baby slings, wheelchairs and mobility scooters available