Thorpe-le-Soken stands on a ridge of high ground running from north west to south east between the sea at Hamford Water and the Holland Brook. Two secondary roads cross in the village: the roads from Mistley and Manningtree and from Colchester to the Kirbys and Frinton (B1033) runs along the ridge, while the road between Harwich and the Clacton area (B1414) crosses it. The Conservation Area covers this staggered cross roads, the older part of the village running north west along the ridge, and extends to include Thorpe Hall to the south east.
In common with many of its neighbours, public spaces in Thorpe are enclosed by buildings and trees so that there are few glimpses out to open countryside. The village environment is thus in strong contrast to the extensive vistas generated by modern farming methods on the Tendring plateau.