Sutton Hoo long walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Walking trail

This hauntingly beautiful estate, with far-reaching views over the River Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. This walk links the visitor centre with the river and the wider surrounding landscape. Look out for the Tide Mill complex over the river, and visit the Gar Seat before making your way back to explore Edith Pretty's House, Tranmer House.

Suitable for active families. Unsuitable for buggies and/or wheelchairs.

Sutton Hoo landscape and house in the mist


Sutton Hoo Long Walk Map


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487


Turn right out of reception and head towards the rear of the restaurant and terrace. From the rear of the restaurant, head down the valley following the path

Read more
A path winding down the valley at Sutton Hoo


When reaching a T junction at bottom of the valley turn left and follow the path past the Dairy Farm on the right hand side.


Immediately after the Dairy Farm take the signed footpath on the right.


Follow the path between gardens; cross the meadow and ascend the path to the river wall. Now turn left and carefully follow the path along the river wall to Ferry Cliff Woods

River Deben from Sutton Hoo long walk


At the end of Ferry Cliff climb some steps, turn left and follow the steps to the top of cliff. Turn left and follow the bridle path to the right around the edge of the woods keeping to the treeline.

Read more
View of Tide Mill across the River Deben on Sutton Hoo Long walk


Ignoring all other paths, at end of field where the track goes through the trees, turn right (do not go through trees) and follow the track along the field keeping the wood to your left.


When reaching the end of the wood, follow path across the field to a gap in the hedge and turn left onto a tarmac bridleway until reaching estate road. Follow the estate road for at least one mile, until reaching the main road.


When reaching the main road, (with a wooded section to the left) turn left to follow the road (take care) for about 250 yds.


When reaching the end of the woods, turn left and follow the track to the top of the field.


At the top of the field look out for the National Trust sign signifying entrance on to our land. Walk past the sign taking a sharp right through the gate.

Read more
Sutton Hoo Long walk NT sign re-entering NT land


Now follow the path back towards Tranmer House looking out for the Gar Seat on the way.

Read more
Picture of the Gar Seat which can be found on the Sutton Hoo Short walk


Have a peep into Tranmer House (removing any muddy boots first), relax for a while soaking up the 1930's atmosphere, and then make your way back to the reception and exhibition centre (where you started your walk)

Read more
Picture of couple on seat in Tranmer House


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Sutton Hoo long walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk


Circular route following public footpaths and woodland paths; roots underfoot. Some steep gradients in places. Dogs welcome on leads in park, the café terrace and footpaths only.

Sutton Hoo long walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700
Sutton Hoo long walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

How to get here

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ
By train
Melton Station 1.25 miles (2km); Woodbridge Station 3 miles (4.8km)
By road

On B1083, Melton to Bawdsey. Follow signs from A12 north of Woodbridge

By foot
1.25 miles (2km) from Melton
By bus

First 63/4/5, Ipswich to Framlingham (passing Melton Rail Stn)

By bicycle
1.25 miles (2km) from Melton
Sutton Hoo long walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Pay and display parking (free for NT members)
  • Licensed restaurant in visitor centre
  • Toilets in visitor centre and outside for walkers
  • National Trust gift shop and second-hand book shop
  • All dogs welcome on site however only guide-dogs are welcome in the buildings
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities
  • Children's activities and dress up available
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carries admitted
  • Children's play area outside
  • Two single-seater PMVs available to borrow from reception - booking is essential