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|Oulton Broad to Ness Point|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 09 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile linear walk from Oulton Broad to Ness Point in Lowestoft, the most easterly point in Britain. The route runs between two rail stations, meaning the return leg can be completed by a simple 6 minute train journey. The walk takes in the waterside park at Oulton Broad, the shipyards alongside Lake Lothing, a long stretch of a former railway line and then the parks and sea wall in Lowestoft. |
The walk is relatively flat for the most part, with just a few slopes as you approach the coast. Almost all of the route follows tarmac paths and pavements, with just a short stretch across the grass within Nicholas Everitt Park near the start. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate several flights of steps and a few staggered barriers. The stretch along the sea wall at the end of the route is very exposed so do not attempt the walk in adverse weather. There are public toilets in Nicholas Everitt Park (near the start) and at Lowestoft Station (at the end). There are plenty of places to eat within Lowestoft and Oulton Broad. Allow 2.5 hours.
The walk starts at Oulton Broad South rail station and ends at Lowestoft rail station (situated on the Lowestoft to Ipswich line). An hourly train service runs between the stations and the journey takes just 6 minutes. If you are coming by car, there is a large car park at Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad (close to South Station), accessed opposite the St Mark’s Church on the A1117. Approximate post code NR33 9JX.
|Start to Lifting Bridge|
Start point: 52.4698 lat, 1.7077 long
From the platform at Oulton Broad South rail station, cross the railway via the bridge and go down the steps at the far side. You will emerge to a junction with a quiet lane, Marsh Lane, with Sunnyside Cottage directly opposite. Turn left and follow the lane as it swings immediately right, passing the entrance drive for Broadlands Holiday Park on your left. Follow the lane past a few properties on your right and, just before the lane swings hard right, turn right through a gap in the fence. This stone path leads you into a grass clearing within Nicholas Everitt Park.
|Lifting Bridge to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 52.4749 lat, 1.7107 long
Cross the lifting bridge and, at the fork, take the right-hand branch which leads you through a subway beneath the road. As you emerge at the far side, stay ahead along the right-hand pavement of the road. Just before the first property on the right, turn right to join the signed footpath running between tall fences.
|Railway Bridge to Old Rail Path|
Start point: 52.4779 lat, 1.7214 long
A few metres later, fork left through the staggered barrier to join the shared cycle and footway signed to the Town Centre. Pass through the next barrier and continue on the tarmac path which leads you through the edge of a park. Across to the right you will have a view of another waterway, Leathes Ham. As you reach the parking area, there are boardwalks into the wetland reeds area surrounding Leathes Ham on your right, should you wish to explore further.
|Old Rail Path to Jubilee Bridge|
Start point: 52.4799 lat, 1.7331 long
In the 1950s an express train called The Easterling brought holidaymakers from London to Beccles non-stop, where it divided to Yarmouth and Lowestoft. This part of the line, like many, was closed in the 1960s and today is a linear park following the old rail line. It is a popular route with locals as well as a haven for wildlife.
|Jubilee Bridge to Ness Point|
Start point: 52.489 lat, 1.7547 long
At the far side of the bridge you will reach Belle Vue Park. Turn left and follow this path as it swings right, passing the Royal Naval Patrol Memorial on your left. Continue on the main level park path which leads you past the thatched Park Lodge on your left and out to a junction with the road. Turn left to cross the side road, Cart Score, and just beyond this turn left through the gates into Sparrows Nest Gardens.
|Ness Point to End|
Start point: 52.4812 lat, 1.7628 long
From this point, all that remains is the walk to Lowestoft rail station. Continue along the sea wall, all the way to its end. Turn right up the steps, go down the slope and walk directly ahead along Hamilton Road. Across to the left is the water of Hamilton Dock.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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