Walking trail

Sutton Hoo short 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. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.

Suitable for active families. Due to hills, steps etc. not suitable for buggies and/or wheelchairs.


Map route for Sutton Hoo Short Walk


Sutton Hoo car park, grid ref: TM288487


Turn right out of reception and head away from the car park. Keeping to the left of the path, head into the woods.

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Start of the Short walk at Sutton Hoo


After about 100yd (90m) or so, look down at the Deben River valley, and what's known as the Rabbit Field, to your right. Continue through woods until reaching a gate, which effectively creates a T-junction in the path. Turn right through the gate and follow the path for about 200yd (180m).

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View over 'Rabbit Field' and River Deben on Sutton Hoo Short walk


On reaching a fork in the path, take the left-hand fork and follow it around Top Hat Wood to your right, until you reach a viewing platform overlooking the ancient burial mound site.

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


Immediately after the viewing platform, is a gate on the right which enters the wood. Go through the gate and follow it downhill, carrying on through another gate at the bottom of the hill. Continue on, bear right and the path continues over a rise to a T-junction.

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Image of a group on a burial mound tour


On reaching the T-junction, turn left and go downhill, taking the right-hand fork at the bottom. In 200yd (180m) or so, you'll reach a collection of old buildings on the left. Turn immediately right at this point and follow the made-up road for 200 to 300yd (180 to 275m). There are fine views across the Deben River valley to your left. From here follow the 'Blue Walk' way-marks.


After a fenced section, the road eventually bears left uphill past Home Wood on the right, to a pine tree at the top. It then bears right.

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Scots Pine after point 6 on Sutton Hoo Short walk


Continue downhill, with Brown's Planting Wood on your right.


About 200yd (180m), before the main road, look out for a sign-posted path going up a few steps on the right.


Go up quite a steep hill, follow the track through the woods and return to the car park, reception and restaurant.

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Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre with Visitor Centre to the left.


Sutton Hoo car park, grid ref: TM288487

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Sutton Hoo short walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk


This circular route is along woodland paths, with roots underfoot. Some steep gradients in places. Dogs welcome on leads in park and outside café terrace only.

Sutton Hoo short walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700
Sutton Hoo short 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 Railway Station)
By bicycle
1.25 miles (2km) from Melton
Sutton Hoo short walk, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Facilities and access

  • Car park available 30 yards from entrance (pay and display when exhibition is closed)
  • 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
  • Mobility parking - Drop-off point in main car park
  • Buildings - level entrance, ground floor accessible
  • Adapted toilets - at reception
  • Two single-seater PMVs available to borrow from reception - booking is essential
  • Restaurant