Sunday, March 05, 2006

Albana Walk Ickworth Park Suffolk


9am 8.5 miles in 1hr 10 mins 22 seconds .
Year to date mileage 284 miles
Month to date 27 miles
average miles per week this year 31.1
average per month 135

Weather was cold beautiful and sunny.

Course: Set of towards Horringer over fields towards Lord Hervey's wood and Great Horringer Hall. Along Westley Lane and into Horringer Village. At the Church turn right into Ickworth Park, down to Ickworth House and then do a circuit of Albana Wood before returning on the same route.

The photos are of Albana Walk. This is a lovely walk or run. You can park nearby if you so wish and the path way should enable most people to walk along the path which is gravel. If you are feeling really energetic there are a number of exercise points where you can do press ups, pull ups and various other exercises.

The woods also contain the most snowdrops I have seen. The latin name for Snowdrops is Galanthus which means milk white flowers. There are apparently 75 different varieties.

I have never had any success growing snowdrops in my garden they always vanish. However in the right circumstances they naturalise an area.
I am told they are also not regularly eaten by deer which might be another reason why they have been planted here in Albana Wood as the place is full of deer.

There is an enclosure with some fallow deer. Munjac deer are also commonly seen. There are another 4 varieties of deer in the UK the Red deer, Roe deer,sika and chinese water deer.

Why is the wood named Albana Wood? I can only guess when I looked up Albana Wood on a google search the immeadiate thing that popped up was something to do with a Suffolk Swingers Club that apparently visits these woods! Albana is also a name of an Italian white berry grape perhaps this has something to do with the name? Perhaps something to do with Albania? Or maybe it is to do with the Albana Gate which is sited in Trento e Trieste Square.

Presumably one of the former Marquis of Bristol visited somewhere around the world and named it as a reminder.


  1. Hi!
    I found you from, and noticed you're a fellow Bury St Edmunds person.
    I love your blog- it's so nice to see all the things I used to take for granted before going to Uni in Liverpool.


  2. Nice to here from you. I moved away from Bury and for a while I lived in London , Clacton and Luton but I am back in Bury to stay. Its just the greatest place to live. Hope you are enjoying Liverpool and may be going for a run by the Mersey!

  3. awesome pictures! swingers in those woods? interesting ;)


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