Finding Oulton Broad

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Oulton Broad lies just to the West of (inland from) the Port of Lowestoft. Those visiting Oulton Broad from the sea by boat will go to the Port of Lowestoft which is the most Easterly point in the British Isles on the East Anglian North Sea Coast.

Lowestoft has been a major fishing port and home to a ship and boat building industry. Today it serves as a general cargo port and still hosts a fish market. Those with larger vessels may wish to moor in the yacht harbour, or arrange to moor in the Port. There are also marina facilities in the Inner Harbour/Lake Lothing

Access to Oulton Broad from the sea requires passage through the bascule bridge, the railway bridge and Mutford Lock. Air draft is not an issue, but Oulton Broad is shallow, as a result of the neglect by the Broads Authority, which has failed to dredge to maintain depth. Oulton Broad does have its own yacht harbour for vessels that meet draft requirements.

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Oulton Broads lies to the West of Lowestoft and SSW of Great Yarmouth alongside the A12 trunk road that runs from London to Great Yarmouth. The London, to Ipswich, to Lowestoft railroad runs through Oulton Broad and the station for the Broad is Oulton Broad South. The Birmingham, Norwich, Lowestoft railroad halts at the main Lowestoft station and bus, taxi and water taxi services run from this station to Oulton Broad. In addition to the A12 trunk road, Oulton Broad can be reached by road from Norwich and the A140 via Beccles.

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Oulton Broad can be reached by water from the rest of the Broads National Park. The best air draft for those coming from the River Yare and Northern Rivers is at Haddiscoe New Cut. The bridge to Haddiscoe Island over the River Waveney offers little air draft at high water.

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Hydroplane racing takes place every Thursday evening through the Summer months. Nicholas Everitt Park is usually open to public access free of charge. It is served by two Pay and Display car parks. For a limited number of events each year, the Park is closed to free access. The entrance fee is split between the organization staging the event and the local authority. There are public toilets and a number of businesses in and around the Park sell refreshments, chandlery and other products.

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