Sunday, January 21, 2007

Geraldine's Walk, Ickworth Park Suffolk

8am 10 miles in 1 hr 23 mins 25 seconds

Week to date mileage 31 miles

Month to date mileage 100

Average weekly rate 33.2 miles

Average monthly rate 144

Year to date 100

Lifetime 9693

I followed my normal route towards Horringer over fields towards Lord Hervey's wood. After the recent strong winds 1-2 trees had blown down but today was a beautiful bright day though still breezy.

When you emerge on the road I head along Westley Lane and into Horringer Village.

At St Leonards Church turn right into Ickworth Park, down to Ickworth House and then do a circuit of Albana Wood. The first early snowdrops have flowered but will look better in a week or two.

Before heading home I decided to visit Ickworth House.
I had hoped to visit the gardens but these were closed until 11am and anyway I am not sure if you can visit without paying the National Trust something. However on returning back from the house I noticed Geraldine's Walk. I must admit I have never even seen this before . According to the National Trust site the 3rd Marquess of Bristol Frederick William John Hervey created a woodland path named after his wife. Lady Geraldine Anson was the daughter of George Anson who was Commandeer in Chief in India for all of 6 months until he died of cholera during his march against the Indian mutineers at Delhi in May 1857

Geraldine's Walk which was laid out in 1873. This was reopened to the public only recently in 2004.

Geraldine Hervey died after being knocked down by a motor car in London in 1927 and was buried in the grounds of Ickworth two days later.


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