River Blyth, Suffolk

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The River Blyth.

The River Blyth is a river in Suffolk, England, with a tidal estuary between Southwold and Walberswick.[1] Its source is near Laxfield.[2]


The river can be crossed by pedestrians by a public footbridge called the Bailey Bridge about a mile upstream from the sea or by the Walberswick rowing boat ferry.


The estuary mouth forms the main harbour area of Southwold and is still an active fishing harbour. The estuary is central to the plot of Peter Greenaway's film Drowning by Numbers, being the scene of the final drowning.


The Blyth Navigation canal was opened in 1761 running 7 miles (11 km) from Halesworth to the Blyth estuary. It was insolvent by 1884, partly due to attempts to reclaim saltings at Blythburgh, which resulted in the estuary silting up. It was used sporadically until 1911, and was not formally abandoned until 1934.


  1. ^ "blythburgh.net - Tidal". Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "blythweb.co.uk - Source". Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

Coordinates: 52°18′51″N 1°40′23″E / 52.3141°N 1.6730°E / 52.3141; 1.6730