The River Blyth is the tidal estuary between Walberswick and Southwold. It is a peaceful stretch of water which, if you have a dinghy, is navigable inland as far as Blythburgh. For yachts it is only possible to go as far as the Bailey Bridge which crosses the river at the harbour and does not open.
Southwold harbour is a bustling place with fishing boats coming; their catch sold from little black sheds on the foreshore.
The shores of Southwold and Walberswick are joined by a passenger rowing ferry which operates throughout the summer.
Walberswick is a charming seaside village with a beautiful beach backed by sand dunes.
Passing under the Bailey Bridge the Blyth opens out into a wide and tranquil estuary which is a haven for wildlife. The area is protected by Natural England and is important for the array of flora and fauna it supports including marsh harriers and numerous wading birds.
At the head of the estuary is the village of Blythburgh with its impressive church. Dubbed the Cathedral of the marshes this impressive structure stands on a small hill overlooking the estuary and is linked with the ghostly legend of Black Shuck (the devil dog) The church is well worth exploring as it has a fascinating history and a beautiful and impressive interior.
Charts and Maps
Imray 2000.10 Orford Ness to Lowestoft
OS Explorer Map 231
There are no marinas on the River Blyth but moorings are available at the harbour.
Harbour Marine Services
Southwold has a good range of facilities in the town including restaurants, cafes and shops. On the river there are:
The Harbour Inn, an Adnams pub on the waterfront
Di's Cafe for teas coffee and light snacks
Sole Bay Fish Company, serving a good range of seafood.
Mrs T's fish and chips serve excellent take away food.
In Walberswick the Bell Inn is a short walk from the riverside
In Blythburgh the White Hart lies at the top of the estuary on the waterfront.
Southwold Sailing Club
Coastal Voyager offers sea blasts and estuary trips aboard their ribs
Walberswick plays host to the annual crabbing festival in August
Southwold town is full of places to explore including the pier, the beach, the lighthouse, the sailors reading room and the towm museum.
Walberswick is surrounded by a vast nature reserve managed by Natural England. It covers a range of habitats from reedbeds to woodlands and supports a many species of plants and animals. For more information please visit the