There are an abundance of things to see and do in North Lowestoft, here are my top 5


Top 5 things to do in North Lowestoft

The coastal town of Lowestoft, in Suffolk, is split into two distinct parts, separated down the middle by Lake Lothing and the harbour. South Lowestoft is where you'll find the sandy beaches, along with Pebble Cottage. That doesn't mean you shouldn't head over the Bascule bridge into North Lowestoft, though. North Lowestoft us where you'll find the town centre, historic high street and a few pubs too. With this in mind I'd like to suggest the top 5 things to see and do in North Lowestoft.

1) Walk or cycle along the sea wall

North Lowestoft sea wall Walk or cycle along Lowestoft's sea wall. You go past Ness Point - the most easterly point in the UK

The sea wall runs from Hamilton Docks, just north of the harbour, and continues past "Ness Point" - the most easterly point in the UK - to Links Hill about 1½ miles to the north. Part of the Cycle Network, the sea wall is perfect to cycle along for all age groups.

North Lowestoft sea wall - North Sea Cycle Route Part of the North Sea Cycle Route, the sea wall in Lowestoft makes a great place to bike along

2) Sparrows Nest Gardens

The Maritime Museum in Sparrows Nest Park, Lowestoft The Maritime Museum in Sparrows Nest Park. You see that big red thing? That's a sea mine from the second World War...

Half-way along the sea wall, about 100 yards away from the coastline, you have Sparrows Nest Gardens. A nice place to stop off on your exploration of North Lowestoft, you can stop for tea and cake at The Martello Coffee House; or try lunch at Giardino Italian Restaurant. The Maritime Museum is also in Sparrows Nest Gardens; as you walk around the gardens you can't miss the museum, as there is a bright red sea mine planted outside! The photo above is of The Maritime Museum, with its imposing mine at the front.

3) Belle Vue Park

Lowestoft Naval Memorial in Belle Vue Park Lowestoft Naval Memorial looks out over the sea, in Belle Vue Park, and commemorates the 2,400 men of the Royal Naval Patrol Service who dies in World War II

Head up the steps to the rear of Sparrows Nest Gardens, and you'll end up in Belle Vue Park. The large memorial to the Royal Naval Patrol Service which looks out to sea gives you an idea of the strategic role Lowestoft played in the Second World War (it really is worth popping into The Maritime Museum too).

4) The Scores

Running up the cliff from the sea wall to the historic High Street are a collection of "scores". Allegedly designed to aid smuggling, the scores are foot paths which used to lead to the now non-existent Beach Village at sea-level. Follow the Scores Trail up and down the various scores. It's quite hard work though, so you'll need a degree of fitness to tackle them all. If you're feeling particularly fit, and you time your holiday right, you can always participate in the yearly Scores Race.

5) Normanston Park

Lowestoft's Normanston Park Normanston Park in Lowestoft, one of the largest parks in this Suffolk town

Located away from the sea, Normanston Park is a large open park, with tennis courts and regular football matches taking place. This park is also a popular dog walking location. A skate park is set in one corner of Normanston Park; those teenagers know how to skate, and they seem to show no fear either! Jesters Diner is the place to go for refreshments, From Normanston Park you can easily follow the footpath next to Lake Lothing, past the boat yards, into Oulton Broad - about 2 miles away. There will be more to follow on the walk to Oulton Broad from Normanston Park on the next blog post!

Staying in the Lowestoft area

Should you fancy seeing some of what North Lowestoft has to offer, you may well be looking for some holiday accommodation. As well as Pebble Cottage, you might also like to try The Olde Stables, which is in Oulton Broad - you can drive, or for those feeling fitter, cycle or walk, into Lowestoft. Alternatively, try The Barnacle or the fabulously named La Casa - both of which are also in Oulton Broad.

You might also fancy one of the bungalows at Broadland Holiday Village.

If you've got any questions, feel free to email me at john@internetaffiliation.co.uk. I'll do what I can to help.

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