Although Oulton Broad is actually located across the border in the county of Suffolk, it’s still worth a mention as it’s one of the most beautiful and popular broads in the region (and it’s easy to see why). Not only are there many beautiful sights to take in but also many activities to try out and places to visit located around the broad itself. If you’re feeling active, why not head over to the water sports centre on the eastern edge of the broad where you can try out sailing, rowing and canoeing. Taking to the water is the best way to see everything that Oulton Broad has to offer, as some of it is not accessible by land and the views from the water are magnificent! If you would rather stay on dry land, you will still be able to enjoy the beauty of the broad thanks to Nicholas Everitt Park, which can be found along the east edge of the broad joining on to the north side of the water sports centre. This lovely park offers excellent waterside views where you can stand or sit & relax and watch sailors show off their skills during the day and there are even the occasional power boating races, which are very entertaining to watch. Near the Yacht Clubhouse you will find a large grassy area where you can sit in the sun and enjoy a picnic with the family. If you’re not much of a picnic person don’t worry, as there is an on-site café where you can pick up a snack and a hot drink or why not head into Oulton Village and enjoy a meal at one of the local pubs. Also, you won’t be far from Lowestoft, Carlton Marshes and Waveney River Centre.
Where is Oulton Broad?
Oulton Broad is approximately 25.8 miles (44 minutes) to the southeast of Norwich. Please see the map below for details:
Where to Park at Oulton Broad
The most convenient place to park when visiting Oulton Broad is the public car park that can be found just behind the watersports centre. It’s sign posted from the main road, so you won’t have trouble finding it and thanks to its perfect location, you will almost be on the waters edge. There is plenty of space here, so you shouldn’t have any trouble parking even when it’s very busy but make sure that you have some change handy, as it is Pay & Display.
If you’re planning a very quick trip or just want to pick someone up, there are waiting bays at the entrance to Nicholas Everitt Park where you can park for up to one-hour charge free.
Oulton Broad Walks
Nicholas Everitt Park offers the most scenic walks along part of the broad thanks to its perfect waterside location. On the north side of the park, you can enjoy a long path stretching from Bridge Road along The Boulevard, up to the Yacht Clubhouse and round 180 degrees, taking you through the centre of the park past the Lowestoft Museum. Along the way you can take in the picturesque views and there are also a number of benches along the waters edge where you can sit and relax for a while. Just after you pass the Yacht Clubhouse, instead of continuing through the centre of the park, you will see a small bridge, which will take you on to another path. From here you can either follow the path round along the east side of the broad until you reach the water sports centre, or take the dirt path through the trees, eventually ending up at the same location.
If you fancy exploring a little further, just to the east of Nicholas Everitt Park is Bridge Road, the main road that connects the south and north sides of Oulton village. Here is where you can join the popular Angles Way walk that stretches from Great Yarmouth to Thetford. Heading south away from Oulton Broad, you will eventually pass Carlton Marshes nature reserve. It’s definitely worth stopping here if you love nature & wildlife and it also overlooks White Cast Marshes, which sit on the west side of Oulton Broad. If you carry on a little further along the Angles Way, you will eventually come to the River Waveney. On the other side, you will see Waveney River Centre, which offers canoe, kayak & day boat hire and boasts some fantastic on site facilities. Also, thanks to the ferry service, getting across the river couldn’t be easier!
If you’re holidaying at Oulton Broad and fancy a day at the beach, why not start walking east along the residential streets, which will eventually lead you to Lowestoft. Here you can enjoy a beautiful stretch of golden coastline, as well as a wealth of entertainment.
What else does Oulton Broad offer?
Don’t hesitate to explore all that Nicholas Everitt Park has to offer, as there is a play area for the kids, as well as trampolines and crazy golf that’s fun for everyone to enjoy. For the adults there is a bowling green and tennis courts that are perfect for passing the time on a sunny afternoon. These are available on a pay and play basis, so you won’t have to be a member of anything to take advantage of all of these great facilities. Opposite the Bowling Green is where you will find Lowestoft Museum, which boasts one of the best collections of Lowestoft Porcelain. But that’s not all, within you will also find a collection of archaeological artifacts and fossils, as well as more recent history including information on the life of Benjamin Britten and other well known individuals who were connected to Lowestoft in one way or another. It’s a fascinating little museum that’s definitely worth a visit and best of all, entry is free!
Oulton Broad is also perfect for fishing enthusiasts, as there are numerous spots where you can set up for a bit of bank course fishing. If you prefer to fish on water then worry not, as boats are available for hire during the day, allowing you to get to deeper water and even further out into the waterways beyond the broad. You will find a selection of fish around the broads that include Bream, Tench, Pike, Rudd and Carp. If you need to resupply there are numerous bait shops in the area and if you need equipment, you can get that easily too!
Getting to Oulton Broad by train couldn’t be easier, as there are two train stations just a short walk from the east side of the broad, so you won’t even have to get a taxi or take the bus. Trains to Oulton Broad South train station come in from Ipswich and this is literally just around the corner from the water sports centre at Nicholas Everitt Park. Oulton Broad North is located on the north side of the broad further in to Oulton Village. This connects the area with Norwich and follows on to Lowestoft.