Ickworth Lady Hervey Walk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 1st Earl of Bristol shortly before 1717 built the kitchen garden, summerhouse and dug the Canal Lake. Ickworth over the seasons are visited by a variety of water fowl (e.g. Canada and Egyptian geese) Herons are also seen here.
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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