I'm looking at between Corhampton and Bishops Waltham at the moment - loads of woods right on the doorstep, road riding if I really have to and bridleways galore....
Moving from City to Village
Im sure there are little bits of wood that would be fine, might even look to buy some. And wc you only hate me cause you cant keep up
I left London a long time ago. My take is that everyone has their own sort of remoteness threshold. I'd find it hard to live in a smallish village with just a pub or two and a corner shop, I like a choice of shopping, places to eat out and enough people that I don't know everyone I meet every time I walk out of the front door. Oh, and easy access to something a bit like culture, in my case a 30-minute train journey to Manchester. But I don't want to be entombed in concrete with hills miles away, I like being able to do stuff from the front door.
So a smallish town works for me. But everyone's different. It depends on what you're used to and how you're wired. In my book, small villages are nice for a visit or a week-long holiday stay, but not as somewhere to live. A mate of mine lives in a village in the Eden Valley with no shops, pub or anything else bar houses. I couldn't do that, he and his missus love it there and it is a beautiful place.
Not rocket science I know, but I suspect everyone's different and you have to decide where your optimum balance between urban and isolated sits.
I can't wait to leave the city. We have lived in our terraced inner city house for seven years, and in that time parking has become a nightmare, and we are now surrounded by barking dogs on all sides.
I moved from shirley to ashurst 6 years ago. Never looked back. Much better for the kids schools etc plus pubs forest etc. Weve got a co op up the road which is handy plus local supermarkets and only 20 mins into southampton.
Whiteparish is the next level. I lead a ride from there last sunday. Proper village with tiny post office shop. Check out the pubs as both were completely deserted last sunday lunchtime which was wierd. The other one had a sign up saying no food so may have been something on.
Plenty good riding round there with some good runs off dean hill / pepperbox and the old chalkpit when its really really dry ( think mini redbull stuff! ). Also some good cheeky trails in bentley wood when it dries a bit.
Your only 10 mins from salisbury by car so plenty of market town stuff there too. Get it done!
I've lived both London and rural Wales and everywhere inbetween,
Make the move, Just make sure its for the right reasons.
I moved from essex to that area about 15 years ago. So far, have lived in Salisbury, Fovant, Great Wishford and now Wilton. Gradually I seem to have gravitated to smaller market towns rather than the tiny village. Wilton is good for me, reasonable array of shops plus a class butcher in burcombe. Also has a thursday market to supplement the bi weekly one in salisbury.
bear in mind that the a36 is the worst route in/out of salisbury. Also another sainsburys is being planned opposite tesco, plus more shopping development there.
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