Sutton Hoo Valley Walk (red 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. Walk around the ancient burial ground and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions.

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


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

View from the corner of Rabbit Field down across the Deben Valley


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.

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The sight down the Deben Valley and Rabbit Field, and across to Woodbridge


Cross straight over the farm track - whilst being cautious of farm vehicles - and through the gate on the other side, into the burial ground. Head forward before bearing left to walk round the burial mounds and out the gate at the other side. Turn right and right again, up towards the viewing platform.

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Sutton Hoo burial mounds in the mist


Head up to the viewing platform for views out over the burial mounds. Then, just behind the platform is a gate, 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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The trail through Top Hat wood at Sutton Hoo in the autumn


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).

Road through the trees on the Sutton Hoo red walk


Upon reaching a fork, with the road continuing up a hill to the left, and a footpath on the right, take the footpath and head up a gentle incline, back towards the visitor centre. Tranmer House will now be visible at the top of the ridge on your right.

Path up the winding valley to the Visitor's Centre at Sutton Hoo


Upon reaching the top of the hill you reach the Visitor Centre and café where you started your walk.

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Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre with Visitor Centre to the left.


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

  • Licensed restaurant in visitor centre
  • 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
  • Children's activities available
  • Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted
  • Children's play area outside
  • Two single-seater PMVs available to borrow from Reception - booking is essential