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Name:Great Wood
Hill number:5474
Height:128m / 420ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Suffolk (CoU)
County (CoH):Suffolk, West (CoH)
County (CoA):Suffolk (CoA)
Catchment:Minor Rivers only (South)
Class:Tump (100-199m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:TL785559 (est)
Col:91m  TL535263  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 155
(1:25k) 210
Comments:Tump (but not County Top) twinned with hill 18929.
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  • Suffolk (1974) administrative county top
  • Suffolk, West historic county top
  • Suffolk current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 163 users)ByDate of Ascent
Parked at telecoms mast.PGCE26/05/2020
2 of 2 on 55 mile bike ride starting in bury st Edmunds. Followed field track from just north of scoles gate and up to farm buildings and around the mastThe-Z-Man12/03/2020
Parked near mast and walked around top.dgresty10/02/2020
Andy West18/11/2019
Picked up this uninspiring County Top with a 15 mile loop that also took in the more interesting ground around Ickworth HouseD SID03/10/2019
Very uninteresting and uninspiring summit. I parked just past the large communications mast on the left. Summit is close to corner of a field.Symon1p23/09/2019
With E. Raining. Parked by telecomms mast. HP seems to be edge of field in front to telecomms gates at bend in road.Beeliner28/07/2019
Met the farmer at his barns and he directed me to an area of the field opposite the mast. Wandered around on flattened grass crop.KC13/06/2019
With Pete and Joe, parked by mast and wandered around to a few spots that looked high, not the best county top, but another ticked from our listpenbet27/05/2019
Walk from Hawkedenkjg10621/02/2019
Visited a few likely spots, not the most inspiring.rhalstead09/02/2019
CycledBen Tindal11/11/2018
Walked up from Depden. Solo.Dangerous Dave13/10/2018
Least interesting county top so far.jkl27/08/2018
Wandered around for a bit must have hit the HP somewhereDC11main17/06/2018
Walked around by mast, but then went back to farmyard and around field edge near bend over n road.PeterD12/04/2018
Concrete yard covered with spilt animal feed. Lots of surface water after rain. Not very inspiring.....Tinribs7502/04/2018
Parked at the Mast walked around the disused airfield with GPS. Summit on the corner of a fieldjmistry8628/01/2018
Nomad Perkins27/01/2018
Swindon Bagger28/08/2017
TD, C & H.This Dog07/08/2017
County top outing,got to TL786 559 at the edge of the field and as the crops were in the ground did not want to walk into the crop for the sake of a couple of meters the ground was the same height anyway.WAYNE ROWLETT29/05/2017
From Beech Hall.Fred Windsor25/04/2017
Met farm owner who kindly let us park in the farmyard and directed us to the high point on the field on the right near the mast. No sign of the old trig despite a bit of looking around, but height seemed about right.keithelliott22/04/2017
0.5 mile with Katy .. Long Top Bagging DayGeorge Thompson01/11/2016
Recently harvested, ploughed and tiled field near the destroyed trig point called Chedburgh.Dugswell230/08/2016
Crop in field harvested.ngthack04/08/2016
Parked by the mast, walked around the reservoir area, and then back down the minor road into the field where the Trig Point was removed from, which did appear to be the highest point.Fisky Boy21/05/2016
With Fisky Boy.Brenda Cloke21/05/2016
Done on way back from a weekend in Suffolk. Slight detour off the journey back. Drove up the track to the radio mast. Highest point seemed to be somewhere in the rape field just before it.Wheelsy02/05/2016
A slight diversion on the way from Bury St Edmund's to London. Very flat top with Rape all around. A little distant from Great Wood. Drove up lane to Elms Farm just south of Depden. Grid reference indicated high spot on track to radio mast. Wandered around but couldn't identify higher spot.Sixtyplus28/04/2016
7/9 Hill bagging day consisting of current and historical county tops (Staverton Clump/boring Filed/Haddenham Village/Pinchebeck Marsh/Beacon Hill/Wattisham Airfield/Great Wood/Bushey Heath/Hampstead Heath)Fergalh13/02/2016
Where's the hill? Lazy one late in the January sun.Mash201623/01/2016
very short walknickywood110/12/2015
First cold weekend of this winter - and with the sun setting soon and wind from the North - very bitter indeed - hard to tell where the high point is exactly - as the various lushness or otherwise of the standing crops masks the ground - so I walked down a tractor track to what seemed like as good a place as any and took my photosM3WDD22/11/2015
Returning home from Norwich visiting friends. Did a little detour to find this top. Very lazy - drove all the way .Dragonhert03/09/2015
andrew brown24/06/2015
Yes, well tis donemaltose23/06/2015
Visited on the way to Norfolk. hardly the most exciting hill but it least its ticked off my list.magirob23/06/2015
Note a lot of disagreement about exact high point. Last point on weekend trip to complete all points in Norfolk and SuffolkGordonAdshead15/03/2015
Surely the most boring county topMark Sims23/01/2015
carole engel12/11/2014
Dark, rainy and flat in the gathering gloom.edmundjohnson29/09/2014
Passing through on Norfolk Suffolk tour. Drove to Elm's farm and walked to mast etc before being told by farmer exactly where trig point used to be (he had taken it out). On bend in lane between farm and mast about 50 yards into cultivated field.Argentum6630/08/2014
Parked in Rede by the telephone box , now being used as a book exchange . Walked to transmitter mast and around covered reservoir . Checked out lots of areas we thought were the top fairly flat here . A nice walk on sunny day around 80 minutes .Haygalzer16/04/2014
Circular walk with Dorothy from Hawkesdon. We enjoyed the swans, herons and ducks in the line of ponds at Cordell Hall. Another County Top without any sense of a peak.callumorr19/02/2014
Walked there from Rede.lenman22/01/2014
long drive, short walk, nice spot!mcallmar26/10/2013
At the side of the road but also went to the high point near the reservoir.bolton04/04/2013
Parked near the transmitter at the end of the country lane off the A143 near Depden Walked along the edge of the field on the SW side of the lane. (PM)gerrybowes04/04/2013
I am working my way through the Historic County Tops with my 2 Dalmatians - Celsie our 6 year old girl and Sandy our 4 year old boy - we have written a full log, with pictures, of this walk (and the others) which you can read at ""Schunikka13/01/2013
Determined to walk to and from a pub. The Plough at Rede was shut, so we ended up going to the Cornwallis at Chedburgh (I would recommend the Plough!)and walking along a dull, long farm track. The top is somewhere near the woods, but difficult to know where. Quiet, but not the most inspiring.markrussell01/01/2013
A roadside stop in the car, very unimpressive for a county top - no views to be had here. We also bagged the trig point (Chedburgh) but it is missing, so we didn't even get to see that!jonglew10/11/2012
On the way to Bury St Edmunds, had to bag this one nearby. Interesting.DanTrig01/07/2012
Drove to the end of the public road and wandered around a bit.Newton Maximus12/06/2012
Bagged by John Meades for the 2012 Morris Lubricants County Top Challenge for the Teenage Cancer Trust.morrislube28/05/2012
This has to be the samllest county top so far! Just a bump in the edge of the field, marked with beautiful violets. "Climbed" it with my mum and dad from the road alongside to mark his 82nd birthday. Food at the Plough at Rede was much appreciated to get mcf24/02/2012
Top no.3.Bus from home to Depden via Bury St Edmunds, then walked from Depden to Purton Green to Denston to Wickham Street, bagging Great Wood on the way. A sunny and mild February day. Distance 5.3 miles; climb 221 feet; time 1.6 hoursalan.65to7021/02/2012
Ben Rinnes17/01/2012
The best approach is not from Rede but down the Elm Farm lane to the transmitter mast. The exact highest point is impossible to place: very flat. (It was dark by the time I got there.)AlexanderHoward26/11/2011
Cycled here from Sudbury - excellent cycling country. The top is on the footpath by the side of the reservoir.Richard02/07/2011
Agree with other comments, you can get your head higher than the covered reservoir using the adjacent public footpath. Strangely busy when I visited with delivery vans and the local posty.simon and co29/06/2011
climbed with Is on the way back from Norfolkmr bounce19/03/2011
Nick Down106/03/2011
Traverse between bus stops in Chevington and Stradishal in foggy conditions.Smudge28/12/2010
Alan Whatley16/09/2010
Campbell Singer15/09/2010
Barbara Singer15/09/2010
Alan Caine05/04/2010
Cheated and drove threeRoland Brooks15/10/2009
Nice area for somewhere so flat.The Team04/05/2009
Owen B26/12/2008
From Rede, pleasant walk along sides of cornfields to mast area, fenced off reservoir, more cornfields. Top could be anywhere.Aye Jimmy16/06/2008
On motorcycle returning from Somme battlefield. Pleasant countryside, concurred with previous info on Top location. Stile still in splendid isolation.martin & storm10/04/2008
trig pillar missingasbown03/03/2008
Did a 6 mile circular walk from Hawkedon church. Not a very exciting county top for our first.Dale&Jo23/09/2007
Drove all the way to this peak and walked outside the reservoir fence with my head over the top so I got it! You can sense the history at this ex-bomber airfield. Stirlings and Lancasters once moved over the concrete here.Nick22/07/2007
Started from pub car park in Rede village. A very pleasant circular via Hawkedon and Somerton takes about 3 hours.The Gardener08/03/2007
I got the highest 'natural ground' GPS reading of 133m at TL 78869 55811 near a bypassable stile near Rede Reservoir. From this mound your head is above the reservoir and so according to some purists this counts as a top!signyred03/01/2007
couldn`t get to reservoir, so we got as close as possible.Nice reservoir.electricratman28/12/2006
Excellent lunch at the Plough, Rede. Wintry sunshine and very muddy. With Frances and Trevor.Overthehilljill28/12/2006
My first county high point.When i arrived at the point noticed a couple of people working in covered reservoir compound (which is higher).Managed to persuade them to let me go to up steps to the top.The kind chap even took a photo for me :0)chris creedy01/09/2006
Tony Wilson01/05/2006
Martin R31/12/2005
Father Ted23/05/2005
Like others, found highest point close to reservoir - basically a tussock just off the footpath. Nice countryside round here compared to other East Anglian tops.wheresthepath12/02/2005
No sign of Trig pillar from 1:50k map; covered reservoir 150m to E may be higher but is fenced offwebmaster26/03/2003
Parked by the transmitter tower and had a good wonder round. Jumping on anything that looked like the highest point.garyhoney19/01/2002
+/- wooded area, no view. drive to summit on tarmac road/track RHW09/12/2001
David Rawden28/10/2000
David Purchase15/11/1999
Solo on a snowy day. Nice countryside.mikejacobs29/12/1996
Rob Rees28/07/1995
Collecting flat county tops (from George Bridge's list) on way back to Sheffield after a week's climbing in Spain (Benidorm) with Julie. This was listed as Suffolk (West) by Bridge with a separate entry for Suffolk East at Wattisham Airfield 029512 which I also visted as far as the main gate and guard would allowChris Pearson05/03/1995
Ploughed field. Trig removed by farmer in 1981.arranc28/12/1983