Blyth South Beach is a long, golden stretch of sandy beach running from the pier at the mouth of the River Blyth to the dunes at Seaton Sluice links.
The total length of the beach itself between the pier and Seaton sluice is approximately 2.8 miles. At the end closest to the port, there is a long pier that offers spectacular views of the river and north sea. From here you can walk along the inside of the harbour wall past the docked yachts and Blyth's famous LV50 Lightship or across the sand towards the promenade.
Throughout the year the beach is a popular location. From early morning dog walkers to locals enjoying a leisurely evening stroll, the beautiful coast has something to offer everyone.
In the Spring and Summer months, visitors flock to the coast to use Blyth's famous candy-coloured miniature Beach Huts, indulge in Fish and Chips at Coastline Fish & Chip Restaurant or enjoy Ice Cream at Ciccarelli. Kayak's paddle close to shore and Jet-Ski's zig-zag around the bay.
During Autumn and Winter, Sea Anglers line the water's edge, and surfers make the most of the choppy waves. Occasionally kite surfers will go further out to sea on days suited to the sport.
The promenade starts next to a historic bandstand and weaves around the old First World War Searchlight Emplacements. It then passes the Dave Stephens Building - whose architecture resembles a ship – and continues past an amphitheatre, a children's play area, and the Beach huts.
At the point where the path meets the Battery, there is a Beach Slipway onto the sand before one of several groynes highlighting the beginning of the Seaton Sluice links.
Blyth Beach and South Beach Blyth caters for a diverse range of activities and attractions. These include:
- Blyth Pier
- Blyth Northumberland Yacht Club - with the famous LV50 Lightship
- Blyth bandstand - occassionally used by music groups or choirs
- Various Watersports - Surfing, Jet-Skiing, Kayoking, Rowing and Kite Surfing
- Various keepfit clubs - it is also the venue for Blyth's Park Run monthly event
- Blyth Beach Huts - available to hire throughout the year
- Two playareas - one for toddlers and the under 5, and one with climbingframes for older children
- The Dave Stephenson building - with a meeting room, shower facilities and toilets
- The wonderful Sea View Cafe - located within Dave Stephenson building with excellent views of the Beach
- Blyth Battery - a volunteer run historic World War I and World War 2 Museum
- A Fish and Chip restaurant
- Ice Cream Parlour
- Ample Car Parking with Disabled and Electric Charge Point Bays
- A 2 mile walk through the links dunes (marked as a local conservation area due to the diverse wildlife and fauna)
- Dog friendly stretch of beach - please note dogs are not allowed on the section of beach from the access at Beachway to links car park between 1st May and 30th September
In addition to the above, South Beach also hosts the annual Blyth Live music festival. Run by Blyth Town Council, the event offers a selection of local and national music that has included the likes of "Scouting for Girls", "Undertones", and "The Lightning Seeds". The event, child-friendly, and free to all generally sees crowds in the thousands descend on the town regardless of the weather.
Beach Huts Telephone: 01670 620 200
Beach Huts Website: www.activenorthumberland.org.uk