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Sutton Hoo landscape in the mist
Sutton Hoo landscape in the mist | © Justin Mimms

Valley walk at Sutton Hoo (red walk)

Discover the Anglo-Saxon history of Sutton Hoo on this easy circular trail. The walk explores the royal burial ground, where the 7th-century Great Ship Burial was discovered, before heading through the woods and exploring the valleys of the surrounding landscape.

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You'll need access to Sutton Hoo to enjoy this walk so you should either bring a National Trust membership card or pay for entry. Why not make the most of the your visit by visiting the Sutton Hoo exhibition?

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Sutton Hoo reception and car park, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ. Grid ref: TM289493.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Continue south on the woodland path, past some circular benches. Follow the path until you reach a gate and a sandy track.

Step 3

Go through the gate, cross the track and head through another gate opposite. Follow the path through the field. (Beware of farm vehicles and make sure to close both gates behind you.)

Step 4

You are now in the Royal Burial Ground. Follow the path around the roped-off perimeter with the burial mounds to the right. Exit through the gate at the far end and head up to the viewing tower.

Step 5

After exploring the viewing tower, head west into Top Hat Wood. It's worth noting that the route through the wood changes seasonally, as one path closes during ground-nesting-bird season to help protect the nightingales that breed here.

Step 6

Head north out of the wood and turn left when you reach a track. Keep right to walk past the privately owned house, Little Sutton Hoo, on your left.

Step 7

After passing Little Sutton Hoo, follow the road as it bears to the right and keep straight for about 200m. When you reach a track, turn right and head up a gentle incline with Tranmer House on your right.

Step 8

At the top of the hill you'll reach the courtyard.

End point

Sutton Hoo reception and car park, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ. Grid ref: TM289493.

Trail map

Sutton Hoo map of Valley Walk (Red Walk)
Valley walk at Sutton Hoo map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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