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Blyth Harbour (Port of Blyth)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Blyth Buoy in approach 55:06'.62 N 001:28'.62 W


Admiralty, 1626

Rules & Regulations

No Sailing past entrance to South Harbour, Radio in on Ch12, see website for bye-laws


Commercial Shipping, Drying Rocks in approach from N. Wind Turbines just offshore.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Approx Dover +0415 MHWS 5.0m, MHWN 3.9m, MLWN 1.7m, MLWS 0.8m   (links)

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General Description

If passage making North or South, Blyth represents a real alternative to entering the River Tyne. Serious stocking up of provisions is no easier to achieve in any of the River Tyne locations. The South Harbour at Blyth being close to the entrance with deep water and no locks to contend with allows comings and goings to be fuss free.

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Approaches to Blyth Harbour are clear and straightforward from the South, but the wind turbines on the Eastern pier which were a good landmark have been taken down; a single large wind turbine remains in the vicinity of the Lead in lights  At night the lighthouse at the end of the East Pier (Fl(4)10s) has a good range, and approaches from the South are covered by its white sector (safe) sector. See full pilotage details:

The green starboard hand Blyth Buoy has been removed.

Any approach from the North is complicated by the two offshore wind turbines on North Spit and rocky patches projecting seawards from the East Pier, The Sow and The Pigs. It is necessary to maintain at least half a mile's offing to clear these, and even a high water it is not safe to attempt to cross them. Also be aware of the huge weather station mast three miles ENE of Blyth which has an all round light flashing U (di di dah) which should not be confused with the flashing light on a cardinal mark. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

There is no commercial marina here, but visiting yachtsman or motorboaters entering the South Harbour will see the pontoons belonging to the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, who maintain visitors berths. Berthing is on the outside of the most northerly pontoon... ie the first one you come to. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 28th Mar 2017
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2017. Nothing has changed here except for the dismantling of the wind turbines mentioned below. The Yacht Club is holding its prices for yet another year.
Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2015. Over the last few years there have been changes to the buoyage in the approaches to Blythe and the visual aspect of Blyth has been altered by the removal of the wind turbines on the East Pier. It is also worth noting that the aluminium smelter has closed down so there is less activity at the pier opposite the South Dock. These changes have been reflected in the text
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 9th Apr 2013
These notes were updated by Don T on the 9th April 2013. There are no major changes and prices have been updated for the 2013 season
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