Ickworth walled garden and canal walk, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Walking trail

A circular walk taking you to the Ickworth walled garden and canal lake. The view from the far side of the canal lake is one of the best at Ickworth, looking over the seasonal meadow, and sneaking a peek at the church and the Rotunda in the distance. Ensure you look at the old summerhouse and even manage a picnic here in summer – it's a real sun-trap.

Earl's Summer House.

Ideal for families...don't forget to bring your picnic on a nice day.


Ickworth Walled Garden and Canal Walk map


West Wing reception, grid ref: TL810610


Starting at West Wing reception, head back in the direction of the car park. Take first turn left. Continue past toilets sign and take the second left, heading towards the garden entrance and five-bar gate. Go through the gate and follow the road.

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A field in the Ickworth estate full of deer


Continue straight on, looking out for Parson's pond on your right, then continue on to St. Marys church on your left. The church has now been restored and all Hervey family are interred there. It is open to visitors from 10am. The site of the original Ickworth Hall will be found behind the church. The path bears right and continues downhill to the bottom of the deer park and a bridge.

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Parson's Pond in Ickworth Park


Turn left at the bridge and follow the grass path for approximately 200 metres to reach the canal lake, which will be on your left. You might be lucky to see a buzzard in flight here.

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A view of the Ickworth Canal Lake and the Walled Garden


Continue on along the bank of the canal lake, taking the track on your left leading to the entrance to the walled garden (a black metal gate at the bottom of the hill). Take time to explore the garden and summerhouse (great for a picnic in summer), continuing to the top of the garden and exit through the gate by the small information hut and the Bothy.

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Ickworth Church and Summer House from Canal Lake


After looking at the walled garden, turn right and re-trace your steps along the road (or straight across the grass in front of you if no sheep present), back to the family church, the House and car park.

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Ickworth Walled Garden in July


West Wing reception, grid ref: TL810610

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Ickworth walled garden and canal walk, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk


A circular walk along a mostly surfaced road, though there are also patches of grass tracks. The grass track to the walled garden may not be suitable for wheelchairs and may be hard going for some pushchairs.

Ickworth walled garden and canal walk, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Ickworth walled garden and canal walk, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

How to get here

Ickworth House, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE.
By train

Bury St Edmunds 3 miles (4.8km) away, 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 Railway Station

By bicycle

View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network. We are just off Route 51, which goes through Bury St Edmunds

Ickworth walled garden and canal walk, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • • Parking: Free to NT members - access charge to estate for non-members
  • • Food and drink: West Wing café; Porter's Lodge Outdoor Café (very dog-friendly)
  • • WC's: West Wing basement, main car park, and near the Bothy outside the Waled Garden.
  • • Shopping : NT Gift shop; Plant sales area in main car park; Second-hand books for sale in various locations including Porter's Lodge Visitor Reception.
  • • Children's play area at rear of main car park.