Sutton Hoo Ferry Cliff 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 Edith Pretty's House, Tranmer House.

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


Sutton Hoo Long Walk Map


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487


After arranging your admission, head towards the courtyard and past the sculpture of the Great Ship Burial, down the valley following the path.

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The 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.

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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.

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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.

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


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487

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Sutton Hoo Ferry Cliff 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 Ferry Cliff walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700
Sutton Hoo Ferry Cliff 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 Ferry Cliff walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Pay and display parking (free for NT members)
  • Toilets in visitor centre
  • All dogs welcome on site, on leads at all times
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities
  • Children's activities available
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carries admitted
  • Children's play area outside