Mooring at Yacht Staton
10 mins on train to Lowestoft
Lady of the Lake
The Wherry Hotel
Oulton Broad, often referred to as the southern gateway to the Norfolk Broads is the place to go for all water lovers.
The original Lake Lothing is divided in two by Mutford Lock. Freshwater, now known as Oulton Broad and Saltside once a large harbour and much frequented port.
The many hireboat yards which once adorned Oulton Broad are sadly now gone and only Topcraft remains. The Broad still boasts a wide range of watersports activities and facilities and Mutford Lock still opens to let boats pass out to sea. Hirecraft are not permitted to pass through Mutford Lock.
There are ample moorings at the yacht station to the east of the Broad and from here a path leads to Nicholas Everitt Park which houses Lowestoft Museum.
The Wherry Hotel is adjacent to Mutford Lock and mooring is available here and at the nearby Commodore. There are also The Lady of the Lake and The Waveney for those looking for a drink or a bite to eat.
At The Broadland Holiday Village you will find an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna. A bar & Restaurant overlooking the Broad, boat hire and a launderette.
Oulton Broad Yacht Station 01502 712225 (summer)/01502 523470 (winter).
Even though this place has been exorcised at least twice, Manor House (once High House) still appears to possess several ghosts. One former owner has been seen dressed in traditional hunting gear, with his hounds around his feet. A white lady reportedly climbs the staircase located in the older part of the house, while the sounds associated with an old carriage have been heard coming from outside. Finally, poltergeist like activity, such as unusual electrical interference, has been reported.
The author George Borrow, dressed in a long cloak and wearing a wide brimmed hat, haunts the area near his summer house.
Stories tell of the appearance each year on 24th June of the phantom Wherry "Mayfly" which carried goods on the broads in the 18th century under the command of Capt. Stephenson. Capt. Stephenson was given instructions to carry a box containing £4,000 in gold from Beccles to Great Yarmouth and the owner's daughter was to travel as a passenger called Millicent. This was seen as a safe route by river rather than that by road. The Wherry set off for Great Yarmouth but during the journey the money proved too much of a temptation for Capt. Stephenson and he decided to alter course for a dutch port. One night the captain went to Millicent and screams were heard, she was bleeding from a wound in the neck, she grabbed a knife and stabbed the captain in the heart and then died herself from her injuries. Three years after that the phantom of the Mayfly was seen sailing on Oulton Broad a phenomenon that was to be repeated annually for many years afterwards and can still be seen occasionally today.
The Commodore 01502 565955
Lady Of the Lake 01502 574740
The Waveney 01502 573940
Wherry Hotel 01502 516 845
Topcraft Cruisers 01502 563719
Fox's Yacht Sales 01502 533808
Jeckells Chandlery 01502 565007
Broadland Holiday Village 01502 573033
Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club 01502 565619
Hayden's Chemist 01502 572013