Beowulf and Grendel Trail

Beowulf carving

A family adventure, or a gentle stroll in the park.

This wonderful interpretive trail has been inspired by the ancient saga of Beowulf and Grendel and takes you on a journey through parts of the unique Breckland landscape including, heathland - where you will meet the sleeping dragon - woodlands and lake settings. There are six large themed carved sculptures that capture not only capture the story but fire your imagination about life in the region 1,500 years ago. The trail has specially designed information points to help you find out more about the Anglo-Saxons and the impact humans have had on the landscape over generations. They also provide an insight into the special plants and animals that occur in the park. Interactive Beowulf and Grendel Trail packs can be purchased from the visitor centre, with Rune quiz, map, and activities for all the family.


Activity pack

The trail has been created through a partnership between the Breaking New Ground Project, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, The Friends of West Stow, The West Stow Fishing Syndicate, Bury Schools Partnership, The Heart of Oak Company and six local artists.

Interactive Trail Pack

Purchase a trail pack to enhance your trail experience including quizzes, colouring sheets, rune challenges and more.

Complete the rune quest and bring it back to the visitor centre to receive a prize and even get a picture with Grendel's arm to mark the completion of your adventure!

For more information, speak to reception in the vistor centre upon arrival.


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