Sutton Hoo, Pinewood Walk (blue circular walk)

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. Explore the surrounding landscape of the site with a walk through the woods; keep an eye out for ferocious beasts straight from the legends!

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


Sutton Hoo map of the Pinewood Walk (Blue Walk)


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487


After arranging your admission, head across the courtyard towards the shop and café building. Next to the outdoor seating area behind the café there is a gate entrance into Garden Field. Go through the gate, turn right and follow the edge of the field, passing the overflow car park on your right. Sometimes there are sheep grazing here, so please shut the gates after you.

Gate in to Garden Field


Go through the gate at the far end of the field into Browns Plantation and you will see a sign ahead directing you to turn right for Pinewood Walk or left for River View Walk. Turn right and follow the path, which turns to the left after a short distance. Watch out for dragons!

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The path divide in Browns Plantation


Continue through the woodland, down a short flight of steps before the path turns slightly to the left and carry on until you reach a road.

Steps in Browns Plantation


Turning left, follow the road up a gentle incline with Chestnut Walk on your left. Shortly before a left-hand bend in the road, take the path on the left, then turn left again before the path rejoins the road. Keep right and you will come to a clearing in the woods with a picnic area on the right, where you can rest and enjoy the scenery.

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The path dividing from the road on the bottom track


Take the path immediately to the left of the picnic area (facing the river) and the track will take you down the valley. Continue across the vehicle access at the bottom of the valley and up through the woods on the other side.

River view picnic site


Look out for a clearing with a bench on the right, which offers perfect views across the river towards Woodbridge.

Bench overlooking the River Deben


Continue along the path through the woods and you will catch a glimpse of Tranmer House to your left, before descending to the track in the valley.

Descending from the woodland into the valley


Turn left onto the track and up an incline to the courtyard.

Ascending the valley towards the courtyard


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487

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Sutton Hoo, Pinewood Walk (blue circular walk)


Circular route following public footpaths and woodland paths; roots underfoot. Gradual gradients in places. Dogs welcome on leads.

Sutton Hoo, Pinewood Walk (blue circular walk)

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700



Sutton Hoo, Pinewood Walk (blue circular walk)

How to get here

King's River Café, 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, Pinewood Walk (blue circular walk)

Facilities and access

  • Food and drink: King's River Café
  • Parking: visitor car park
  • Toilets: walkers toilets open
  • All dogs welcome on site however please keep them on leads at all times