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Crowswood Cottages Ickworth Park Suffolk

In Ickworth Park, St Leonards, St Mary's, suffolk on September 1, 2007 at 5:04 pm

7.50am 11 miles in 1 hr 33 mins 17 seconds
Week to date mileage 33 miles
Month to date mileage 11

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1049
Lifetime 10642

The first day of September and the conditions were ideal for running. A bright morning dry no wind but mild. I decided on one of my favorite runs taking me into Ickworth Park.
Entering the park in Horringer with St Leonards Church to the right and the gatehouse lodge there is a wonderful park full of trees much of the design being by Capability Brown for the Hervey Family.

Passing by the redundant St Mary’s church it sets the mind thinking as to what this landscape would have looked like when there was a small settlement and villagers who lived here. The depopulation of Ickworth was presumably encouraged by the Herveys over time. From census records it doesn’t seem there was ever much more than 100 residents. Apparently there was approximately 15 or so properties close to St Mary’s Church with a square green.

Just past the church at the White Houses you have a choice of heading on to Chevington Village or you can follow the old coaching track out to Westley. I chose the latter the track way follows the course of the River Linnett.

There are pathways to take you through Twist Wood and Diary Wood and here there are plenty of sheep but continuing along the coach path this takes you to another White House and beyond this the New Warren area which is a wooded area and an uphill stretch out to the main road at Crowswood Cottages.

Rather than run back on the Westley Road which can get busy I turned and retraced my steps on the same route home.