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Autumn at Ickworth
It might just be our favourite walk location at this time of year
Ickworth Estate
Distance 4.5km
Time 1 hour 30
Terrain footpaths and hard tracks Map OS Landranger 155 or OS Explorer 211
Access parking adjacent to the Porter’s Lodge Visitor Centre (entrance charges, free for National Trust members); bus from Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill; nearest train station is at Bury St Edmunds (5km from the start)
This walk is taken from Suffolk: 40 Coast and Country Walks by Darren Flint and Donald Greig (Pocket Mountains, £6.99). We can offer a 20% discount plus free p&p on this book when you enter SUFFOLK
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Classical Italy meets idyllic English parkland at the National Trust’s Ickworth Estate, an eccentric mix of Georgian splendour, fine Italianate gardens and acres of
parkland and woods.
This short walk is something of a romp
through centuries of colourful history, from a long-forgotten village to Ickworth’s oldest surviving building, past the world of the estate worker and, lightly as you go, along the footsteps of a Lady’s promenade.
From the Porter’s Lodge it’s possible to choose a walk for all abilities, ranging from 800m to 10km; for more details pick up a leaflet at the ticket desk. For this route take the path opposite the Lodge into Albana Wood, pass through the five-bar gate and then go immediately left. Continue through the next gate and across the grassland towards St Mary’s Church. This field is the site of the
original Ickworth village, first recorded in 942 but deserted by 1670. If livestock are grazing, retrace your steps to the Lodge and
instead take the hard-surface path to the church.
St Mary’s is the oldest surviving building on the estate, with parts of the existing church dating from the 13th century. The wonderful raised pew of the Hervey family was commissioned by the 1st Marquess of Bristol. The field behind the church was the original site of the
medieval Ickworth Hall, a highly decorated half-timbered building, of
which no trace remains.
Continue on the hard-surfaced lane, passing the large walled garden,
a recreation of the early 20th-century fruit and vegetable garden, and carry on down the hill to the River Linnet. Cross the bridge and turn right onto the track, passing in front of the ‘White House’.
This pretty cottage is one of 19 on the estate that were refurbished at great expense in the 19th century with the aim

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