Car-free adventures aroundLowestoftSuffolk

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Britain’s most easterly place, Ness Point in Lowestoft, is nothing like as celebrated as Land’s End or John o' Groats, but it does have a curious sense of extremity about it – a muted spirit of adventure. The naturalist Richard Maybe, inspired to write "Food for Free" by foraging in this area, wrote in his memoir "Home County" that on this coast: “the world seems to be all possibility.” Following this spirit of adventure, the desire to be "washed up somewhere unexpected", here are some seaside and Broadland journeys through sunny Suffolk that are far better without a car.

  • County: Suffolk
  • Great for: ferry | food and drink | riverside walks | scenic train | wildlife |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • Please note: researched/updated August 2019. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 4. Walk along the Waveney

    For a very different kind of walk, hop off one stop along the railway from Lowestoft towards Norwich or Ipswich at Oulton Broad (North or South). Nearby is Lowestoft’s flint-walled, waterside museum – a world of copper warming pans, model sailing boats and eighteenth-century teapots.

    • You can follow the Angles Way to the wide River Waveney, Keen walkers can even follow it for ten miles all the way to Beccles. This bleakly beautiful stretch of marshland is connected by an hourly train at both ends (every two hours on Sunday). Look out for muntjac  and Chinese water deer, and for all kinds of unusual wildlife, from warblers to orchids.
    • The visitor centre at Carlton Marshes is being revamped for 2020, when you can expect a café and enhanced facilities.

    Here are some more ideas for green travel in the Norfolk Broads from our friends at Green Traveller.