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Access To The Broads

Access from Lowestoft to The Broads

Mutford Lock, at the western end of Lake Lothing, allows craft visiting Lowestoft convenient access to the Broads. The three bridges to be negotiated before reaching the lock — Lowestoft Harbour bridge and the rail and road bridges at Oulton Broad — all either lift or swing.

Advance notice is required of passage through Mutford Lock and all three bridges; at least 20 minutes before a scheduled opening in the case of the Harbour Bridge, and as much notice as possible in the case of Mutford Lock and the Oulton bridges (preferably 24 hours for the Oulton bridges). Details of bridge and lock opening times are given below.

Approach to Harbour
Bridge from L.Lothing

Bridge and lock contact details & opening times 2016

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Lowestoft Harbour Bridge — VHF Ch 14, tel. 01502 572286

Subject to prior notification of at least 20 minutes, the bridge will normally open for small craft at the following times:

Mon–Fri: 0300 0500 0945 1115 1430 1600 1900 2100 2400
Sat, Sun, Bank Holidays: 0300 0500 0945 1115 1430 1600 1800 1900 2100 2400

Additionally small craft may pass through the bridge when it opens for commercial shipping, provided prior arrangement is made with Lowestoft Harbour Control.

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Mutford Lock — VHF Ch 73 or 14, tel. 01502 531778/574946

The lock takes vessels up to 22m loa and up to 6.5m beam; maximum safe draft at LW is 1.7m. The lock is manned:

November–March: 0800–1100
Mon–Fri: 0800–1200 & 1300–1730
Weekends & Bank Holidays: 0800–1200 & 1300–1930

There is a charge of £11 for single passage through the lock or same-day return. Wherever possible passage should be booked in advance.

Carlton Rail Bridge and Oulton Broad Road Bridge

The lock-keeper will also arrange the opening of the two swing bridges if necessary. Neither bridge will be opened during periods of peak traffic and as much notice as possible should be given, preferably at least 24 hours.


More information can be found on the Broads Authority Website

N.B. Information correct at time of publish.