Beautiful beaches and ample amenities are just a couple of reasons why people choose the Northumberland town of Blyth as a location for a new home. With origins as a fishing and mining port, Blyth went on to play an important role in the coal mining and shipbuilding industries, before undergoing regeneration to become a largely residential seaside town. While not enjoying the local shops, eateries, parks and coastline, there are great transport links to Newcastle – ideal for commuters or just for taking a trip to the city.
Great shops and amenities
Blyth town centre is home to a range of independent and chain stores, most notably those in Keel Row Shopping Centre, which was opened in 1991 as a key part of the regeneration. There you’ll find brands such as New Look and Superdrug, while a range of other shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants are scattered around the heart of the town. Foodies will be happy with the great range of cuisine available, from Indian to American Steakhouse, plus stylish contemporary dining on the waterfront at Caboose Blyth. Of course, for all the shops and venues of a major city, you could make the quick 14-mile journey down to Newcastle.
Always something to do
Children and adults alike can make the most of local attractions and activities. The wide and inviting South Beach is a delight in the warmer months, with colourful beach huts, tempting eateries and a playground. Also close to the seafront is Ridley Park, a popular open space with a water play area, tennis and bowls courts and a café. If you’re feeling a bit windswept head inland to Attlee Park, Dene Park or Humford Woods, all great spots for a stroll or dog walk. Continue further west and you’ll reach Plessey Woods Country Park, a peaceful haven of streams, woodland walks and a playground.
Range of local schools
There’s a good number of schools in and around the town, for children of all ages. Primary schools include St Wilfrids RC, Newsham and New Delaval (all rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted) plus The Dales School (‘Outstanding’). Meanwhile, older pupils can attend Bede Academy or Blyth Academy, both of which have Sixth Forms for those wanting to pursue further education.
Handy transport links
Blyth sits just off the A189, which leads south to Newcastle city centre (14 miles) and north to Ashington. An 8.5-mile drive will take you to the A1, one of the UK’s major routes which leads up to Edinburgh. For rail travel, the nearest train station to Blyth is 6.2 miles away in Cramlington, from where you can catch speedy connections throughout the region and beyond. And travel abroad is equally straightforward – Newcastle International Airport is less than half an hour away.