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Ickworth Church and Summer House from Canal Lake
Ickworth Church and Summer House from Canal Lake | © Michael Graham

Ickworth Estate | Walled Garden and Canal Walk

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. Please note that only assistance dogs are allowed into the Walled Garden

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Porter's Lodge, grid reference TL8154161537

Step 1

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 Deer Park and follow the road.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

The road bears right and past the Bothy and 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.

Step 5

Turning left at the bridge follow the grass path alongside the River Linnet to the Canal lake on your left. Here you have a different view of the Walled Garden. You might be lucky to see a buzzard or hawk in flight here. There are always an assortment of water fowl around the lake with regular summer visitors such as Canada and Egyptian Geese.

Step 6

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. Note that no dogs are allowed in the Walled garden with the exception of Assistance dogs.

Step 7

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. Many water fowl make this lake their home and visit during Summer.

Step 8

Leave through the Lords door (top middle door).

Step 9

Walk up to the road and return past the Church and Parsons Pond up to the five bar gate then take the second turning on your right to West Wing.

End point

West Wing grid reference TL815061385

Trail map

Ickworth Walled Garden and Canal Walk map
A map of the Ickworth Estate Walled Garden and Canal Walk | © Ordnance Survey

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DistanceMiles: 1.9 (km: 3.04)