Why not go for an amble along one of Lowestoft’s most charming and endearing paths, The Easterling Walk?
A short but remarkably varied and contrasting walk leading to Lowestoft Ness, the most easterly point in Britain. The location was celebrated in the 1950s by an East Suffolk line express train named ‘The Easterling’ which brought holidaymakers from London non-stop Beccles, where it divided for Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
After visiting the Lowestoft Museum in Nicholas Everitt Park, walkers can enjoy breezy views across the open expanses of Oulton Broad, cross an attractive Dutch style lifting bridge designed for pedestrians and cyclists, tunnel below a railway near Carlton Swing Bridge and cross the slipways of busy boatyards fronting Lake Lothing. The wide open spaces of Normanston Park contrast with the incised ‘linear park’ on the alignment of an old railway, leading to St Margaret’s, one of Suffolk’s finest churches. From the churchyard the distant North Sea can be glimpsed. The lighthouse stands on an elevated cliff top below which Lighthouse Score, one of a series of fascinating alleyways descending the cliff face, leads down to the Denes, an open area traditionally associated with the repair of fishing nets. The fascinating Maritime Museum, the sea wall and Lowestoft Ness are close by.
Planning for the Easterling Walk in Lowestoft
- Allow a minimum of 2 hours, but much longer if church and museums are to be visited and the network of ‘scores’ explored.
Lowestoft Museum[s] opening times:
- Lowestoft Museum, Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad tel 01502 511457
- Lowestoft Maritime Museum tel 01502 561963
Route finding – key points (numbers refer to points on the route diagrams)
- 1 Steps down to Marsh Road. Follow road, passing holiday village entrance.
- 2 Go through gap R, just before right angle bend in road, then half R across grassed area to join network of surfaced paths in Nicholas Everitt Park. Follow paths nearest water’s edge. (Very occasionally entry to park may be restricted for special events, when an entrance fee may be charged. See local notices.)
- 3 Cross lifting bridge. Use pedestrian/cyclist underpass to cross main road.
- 4 Footpath sign next to tanning shop (near library) marks start of path to Lowestoft. Follow between high fences and under railway arch, emerging to cross front of boat yards. At one point path goes below a gantry crane! Take care when crossing rails on inclined slipways.
- 5 Cross railway by stepped footbridge. Follow cycle/pedestrian path R towards town centre.
- 6 Path continues opposite Peto Way pelican crossing.
- 7 At path junction (Sustrans sign) go L towards Gunton along Gt Eastern Linear Park.
- 8 Up steps towards sports centre, then into nearby St Margaret’s churchyard; St Margaret’s Road leads towards lighthouse.
- 9 Entrance to Lighthouse Score, leading down to Maritime Museum and path across Denes to sea wall and Ness.
- 10 Continue along sea wall, then R along Hamilton Rd. to reach town centre.