We moved from Kent to Dartmoor 2 years ago. We had no family links in Kent - had just ended up there due to work and had been looking for an opportunity to make the move West for some time as my wife grew up nearby and it's where we spent most of our holidays and spare weekends. I was getting sick of the commute into London and we'd both realised that the South East was not where we wanted to bring up our son, who was 2 at the time.
A job came up here for me here around the same time that my wife's company were offering redundancy. We put our house in Kent on the market and it sold within a couple of weeks. Made the move and haven't looked back. We were lucky with how things fell into place I guess.
Despite halving our combined salary with the move, there is no way we'd consider going back. We love it here - it's a huge playground for our son, we have stunning countryside on our doorstep and with both living and working locally we feel connected to the community in a way we never did in Kent where we barely knew our neighbours - in fact we already know more people locally after 2 years than we did in 9 years of living in our dormitory village in Kent.
We've had to budget a little , and in some ways I work as hard as I did previously (I do 2 jobs here) but have swapped a 90 minute commute for a 10 minute one (25 mins by bike). Consequently we spend much more time together as a family and have found we spend much less money here - it doesn't cost anything to climb a tor or splash around in a river, and we're only an hour from the south or north coast. I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else now.