Ickworth walled garden and canal walk

Walking trail

A circular walk taking you to the Walled Garden, and Canal lake, which is a haven for wildlife. There is a great view of the Walled Garden from the far side of the Canal lake, with St. Mary’s church, and the Rotunda behind. The Earl's Summer House is the perfect place for a picnic on a nice day.


Ickworth Walled Garden and Canal Walk map


Porter's Lodge, grid reference TL8154161537


From the Porter’s Lodge turn left and take the right fork in the road and continue to the five bar gate. Go through the gate into the Deer Park and follow the road.

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A field in the Ickworth estate full of deer


Continue straight on and look out for the Parson's pond on your right, with the row of old oak trees beyond, which was the site of the Hamlet of Ickworth. Walk on down to St Mary’s church on your left, 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.

St. Mary's Church in Ickworth Park


The road bears right and past the Walled Garden, continues downhill to the bottom of the deer park and a bridge. Along this stretch of road you will get a lovely view of the Linnet Valley.

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A view of the Ickworth Canal Lake and the Walled Garden


Turning left at the bridge follow the grass path alongside the River Linnet to the Canal lake on your left. Continue straight along the path through a five-bar gate, enter the wood, and cross over the bridge. Taking the path to you left you will see a wrought iron gate ahead.

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Ickworth Church and Summer House from Canal Lake


Go through the Gate and enter the bottom of the Walled Garden. Walk past the apple trees and past the inner wall into the Summer House enclosure. Sit and take in the view before exploring the rest garden. This is also a popular spot for a picnic.The vegetables and fruit that are grown here are used by the café.

Gardener pulling up rhubarb from the Walled Garden vegetable patch


Leave through the Lords door (top middle door) past the flower and vegetable produce barrow (please take some, donations go back to keep the wall garden produce going). Walk past the five bar gate then take the second turning on your right to the West Wing.

Ickworth walled garden Oxlip


West Wing grid reference TL815061385

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Ickworth walled garden and canal walk


Firm underfoot, gravel path and field paths. The route consists of flat terrain and gentle slopes.  Not Suitable for wheelchair / mobility scooters. May be muddy in wet weather (winter), suitable footwear advisable. Pushchairs may be difficult to manoeuvre along the grass path.  

Dogs are not allowed into the Walled Garden (with the exception of Assistance Dogs) as it is a working garden with assorted vegetable and fruit crops. 

Ickworth walled garden and canal walk

Contact us

Ickworth walled garden and canal walk

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

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 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.