Blyth is a busy port and town in southeast Northumberland, located on the coast. Due to the coal mining, ship building, fishing, and railway industries, Blyth flourished in the 18th century. Today, the harbour is still exceptionally busy, handling 1.5 million tonnes of cargo each year. However, the skyline is now bequeathed with wind turbines that generate electricity for the National Grid.
Many love living in Blyth for constant access to wide expanses of sandy beach, the redeveloped town centre, and some residential areas that are ideal for families.
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Moving to Blyth
Blyth town centre has a mix of properties, the majority of which were built during Blythe’s heyday as a coal and fishing hub. Most are Victorian or Edwardian and, towards the south, there are a number of terraces, villas, and semidetached homes. Regeneration started in Blyth during the 1990’s so do not be surprised to see a variety of new-builds. Out towards the west of Blyth are many 1960’s and 70’s terraces and semidetached family homes.
Large detached homes in Blyth require a minimum budget of £135,000, whereas family sized semis can be snapped up for around £60,000. Traditional two-bed terraced homes, ideal for first time buyers, are upwards of £35,000. Two bedroom flats are on the market for £20,000 and over.
Renting in Blyth is also a great option, with one-bed flats available for £280 pcm, rising to £300 pcm for two bedrooms. Terraced homes are upwards of £300 pcm and family-sized semis start at £475 pcm. If you would prefer a detached home, look to have a minimum budget of £750 pcm.
Schools in Blyth
There are six primary schools in Blyth, but some are significantly better than others. Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Morpeth Road Primary Academy, and Newsham Primary School all received ‘good’ in their latest Ofsted report. However, Horton Grange Primary School is deemed ‘outstanding’.
There is just one secondary school in Blyth; The Blyth Academy which ‘requires improvement’. However, Bede Academy is an all-through school in Blyth, for ages three to 18, and were awarded ‘good’.
Transport Links Blyth
Located on the coast, Blyth relies on the network of A roads surrounding it. Newcastle is just a 30-minute drive away and Blyth is served by a multitude of local and regional buses.
Blyth railway station closed in 1964 and now the nearest station is a 17-minute drive away, in Cramlington. Services from this station are limited, travelling to Morpeth and Newcastle on the East Coast Main Line.