GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ickworth Park Walks

5 miles (8 km)

A circular walk around the parks and gardens at Ickworth in Bury St Edmunds. There are 1,800 acres of parkland to explore with lakes, woodland and arable fields to enjoy. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Italianate garden which is the oldest of its kind in England. Here you'll also find the 18th century Italian Rotunda, built by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his collection of Italian art and sculpture.
The route below is devised for walkers but much of the park is also great for cycling, with bike hire available from the Ickworth hotel. Please click here for more information. Also of interest is the Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds cycle route which runs along National Cycle Route 51 and passes close to Ickworth Park.

Postcode

IP29 5QE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Ickworth Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ickworth Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's two fine National Trust cafes at the site. They serve excellent fresh food made from sustainable sources.
Another nice option is to head into Bury St Edmunds and visit The Nutshell. It's a quirky little place confirmed to be Britain's smallest pub, with a bar that measures just 15ft by 7ft. Despite its size there's a number of unusual items inside including a mummified cat, currency notes on the ceiling, historical photos, military items and an aeroplane propeller. As such the Victorian pub is a local tourist attraction and well worthy of some investigation. You can find them at 17 The Traverse, with a postcode of IP33 1BJ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The expansive park is ideal for dog walking with woodland trails and lovely parkland for them to explore. You are asked to please keep them on leads throughout the estate because of the wildlife. Dogs are not allowed in the Italianate garden, Walled Gardenor inside the buildings.
Just to the east of the park there's Hardwick Heath which is a popular place for dog walkers. They can run around off lead here.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east of the park you'll find Hardwick Heath and Nowton Park. The Victorian landscaped park includes a lime avenue, sculptures and a visitor centre.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Ickworth House4

Ickworth House - the Rotunda and West Wing

Ickworth pond - geograph.org.uk - 832130

Ickworth pond. The restored West Wing of Ickworth House can be seen behind the trees in the background. The pond is a haven for wildlife, especially mallard and coot.

Woodland clump in Ickworth Park - geograph.org.uk - 1094638

Woodland clump in Ickworth Park. This clump of trees is situated in the centre of the park, near Bury St Edmunds. The track across the ploughed field towards the River Linnet in the foreground is made by deer.

Ickworth vineyard - geograph.org.uk - 1220357

Ickworth vineyard. This is the only commercial vineyard on National Trust property.The tower of St Mary's Church can be seen above the brick wall.

'Mistletoe' trees at Ickworth - geograph.org.uk - 1213042

'Mistletoe' trees at Ickworth. Viewed from the curved wall that surrounds the garden of Ickworth House, these parkland trees have attracted unusually large quantities of mistletoe.

River Linnet in Ickworth Park - geograph.org.uk - 1220051

River Linnet in the park. This 'river' is only a stream, narrow enough at this point to leap across. It winds through sandy soil, leaving an exposed bank.

Track to Ickworth church - geograph.org.uk - 1143958

Track to Ickworth church. This church, once an integral part of the village, is disused and in a poor state of repair. Ickworth is a 'lost village', swallowed up by the estate of the Marquesses of Bristol.

Mordaboys Cottage in Ickworth Park - geograph.org.uk - 1624976

Mordaboys Cottage in the snpw. This 'chocolate box' thatched cottage was once the blacksmith's shop on the old droving route into Bury St Edmunds, known as the Chevington Way.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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