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Sutton Hoo landscape in the misty morning
Sutton Hoo landscape in the morning | © Justin Minns

Sutton Hoo woodland walk

Follow in the footsteps of Anglo-Saxon ancestors on the Sutton Hoo woodland walk. This circular trail lets you explore the mounds of the ancient royal burial ground where a 7th-century ship was discovered, as well as discovering the surrounding woodland and spotting its resident wildlife.

Remember your membership card

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: 9

Total steps: 9

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. Go through the gate and turn right up the track. Watch out for any farm vehicles and please ensure you close the gate behind you.

Step 3

You are now in the royal burial ground. Follow the sandy track, keeping the burial mounds on the left. Stay left at the fork and you'll eventually reach the viewing tower. Alternative route: To see the burial mounds from every angle, cross the sandy track and head through a second gate opposite into the field. Continue along the path that borders the roped-off perimeter around the burial mounds. Follow this around to the right, through a gate and up to the viewing tower.

Step 4

From the viewing tower, head west into Top Hat Wood and then north to join the track. 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 5

Turn left up the track and keep right to walk past the privately owned house, Little Sutton Hoo. Follow the road as it bears to the right and keep straight for about 200m until you reach a vehicle access track.

Step 6

Cross the track and continue along the woodland path as it heads upwards, passing through Home Wood with glimpses of the River Deben on the left. After another 200m, follow the path as it bears right through Brown's Planting.

Step 7

Continue along the path through Brown's Planting until you reach a signpost.

Step 8

At the signpost, take the marked footpath to the right heading south through the woods. Follow the path left where signposted and then, after about 10m, turn left and out into Garden Field.

Step 9

Walk along the left-hand edge of the field until you reach a gate behind the visitor centre. Head through the gate and back to the courtyard.

End point

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

Trail map

Map route for Sutton Hoo Short Walk
Sutton Hoo woodland walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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