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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.

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Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In biorythms, Bury St Edmunds, Ickworth Park, St Mary's on December 6, 2005 at 8:41 pm


6pm 5.4 miles in 42 minutes 4 seconds .

Year to date mileage 1219

Month to date 23 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.1

Weather: Dry a little milder than recently.

An easy run tonight following the same route as last Tuesday night. Again a lot of runners out and about which is good to see. I ran well and a little bit quicker than last week despite feeling tired all day. Today was one of those days when I was a bit of a passenger observing life going on around me but trying not to be too involved myself. I wasn’t very full of get up and go and I just felt tired. Perhaps my biorythms are a bit low or something.

Anyway another run in the bag and I did feel a little better for the run. It would have been so easy to give it a miss tonight.

I have posted a couple more pictures from my run at the weekend in Ickworth Park. St Marys Church in Ickworth Park has been boarded up for many years. I have never been inside. The graveyard is also out of bounds but buried here are many of the Hervey family.

Ickworth Park

In Ickworth Park, National Trust, St Mary's, suffolk on November 6, 2005 at 6:06 pm




9am 8.4 miles in 1 hour 11 minutes 38 seconds

Year to date mileage 1123

Month to date 33 miles

Average miles per month 110

Average weekly rate 25.4

Weather: Dull, overcast mild and windy.

Course: Repeated yesterdays run in the hope that this time my digital camera would work better when I downloaded to the pc. It did and the photos above are some of the shots. The weather wasn’t as good so the pictures are not as bright as yesterdays.

The camera quality being less than a mega pixel is a little frustrating as anything close up or at a distance really is just a blur. However the camera is so lightweight I don’t even notice I am carrying it so if I can find anything as thin and lightweight with more mega pixels that would be the ideal camera for me.

Most visitors to Ickworth Park which is run by the National Trust don’t go far from house and gardens so they miss out on the lovely summer house by the lake and St Marys Church. Sadly I have never been inside the church which appears to be locked and the grave yard is marked with signs warning that it is unsafe to venture in.

Westley Village

In St Mary's, suffolk, westley on September 3, 2005 at 12:09 pm


9am 7.2 miles in 1hour 21 seconds.

Year to date mileage 834.

Month to date 25 miles

Average miles per month 103

Average weekly rate 23.7

Weather: Hot and sunny

Course: I didn’t really follow one to day. I had plans to do so but running through Westley is too difficult. Fornham Lane in Westley village is a bit of a ‘rat run’ for traffic coming off the main A14 who want a short cut through to the west of Bury or Horringer. I gave up my original plan for an out and back run and instead returned to Bury via a footpath which took me past Westley School.

At this point I meet the same guy walking his dog who I had said Good Morning to about 20 mins previous on my run. I again got no reaction, not a word in fact he just looked at me with an angry stare.

I always saying hello or good morning when I am out on a run, sometimes I am beaten to it and someone will say hi to me. However it is always a very mixed reaction some people will speak others don’t. Of course people don’t have to speak but to me this is just a courtesy. It can be a little odd when someone doesn’t speak particularly when I am running in the middle of nowhere and I pass the only person walking along a path.

On the same run this morning I said hello to a family who looked at me as if I had just arrived from Planet Mars. I will try and count the number of people who do say hello on one of my runs just for interest. Maybe it is just a reflection of society where we don’t talk to strangers.

Once back to Bury I ran a quicker mile to the Falcon Pub in 7.44.

The picture of the church at Westley is St Marys. This was built in the 1830’s apparently to replace the original church of St Thomas a Beckets which had been damaged by a tower collapsing in the 18th century. The site of St Marys is on a small hill top and was apparently chosen so that the Marquis of Bristol could have something to look at from his stately home at Ickworth