Sutton Hoo Valley Walk (red circular walk)

Walking trail

Follow in the footsteps of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors with this walking route which takes in the Royal Burial Ground, home to the Great Ship Burial, and the valleys of the Sutton Hoo landscape.

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


Sutton Hoo map of Valley Walk (Red Walk)


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487


After arranging your admission, walk through the courtyard and turn left, heading into the woods, through the gate and pass the Gar Seat on your right.

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Heading into the woods alongside Rabbit Field


Pause at the circular benches and admire the view over Rabbit Field and the Deben River valley on your right.

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View over Rabbit Field towards Woodbridge from the circular benches


Continue through the woods until you reach a gate. Go through the gate and cross the sandy track to the opposite side (beware of any passing farm vehicles), and through another gate. Please ensure you close the gate behind you.

Crossing over the sandy track


You are now in the Royal Burial Ground. The burial mounds themselves are currently roped off to allow them to rest and recover from many footsteps passing over them last year. You can walk around the roped off perimeter to your left, but as Top Hat Wood is currently closed you will need to retrace your route back.

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The Royal Burial Ground at Sutton Hoo


At the far end of the Royal Burial Ground you will be able to see our new 17 metre viewing tower (currently closed). Head back around the edge of the roped perimeter, pausing to look at the view towards Tranmer House before reaching the gate. Please remember to close the gate behind you.

View of Tranmer House from the Royal Burial Ground


Turn left on to the sandy track and follow the track downhill, taking the right-hand fork at the bottom.

Sandy track at Sutton Hoo


After passing the house called Little Sutton Hoo, which is privately owned, follow the made-up road for about 300 metres, then take the footpath on the right, heading up a gentle incline with Tranmer House visible on your right.

Ascending the valley from the bottom track


At the top of the hill you will reach the courtyard.

Looking up the valley towards the courtyard


Sutton Hoo reception and car park, grid ref: TM288487

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Sutton Hoo Valley Walk (red circular walk)


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

Sutton Hoo Valley Walk (red circular walk)

Contact us

Telephone: 01394 389700





Sutton Hoo Valley Walk (red circular walk)

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 Valley Walk (red circular walk)

Facilities and access

  • Toilets in visitor centre
  • National Trust gift shop and second-hand book shop
  • All dogs welcome on site however please keep them on leads at all times
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted
  • Children's play area outside