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  • danmac
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    Hi guys,just looking for some local feedback and knowledge if anyone has any. Strongly considering the move from the Midlands to Cornwall, more specifically the Bodmin and Liskeard areas. Any locals have any input on what it’s actually like to live there? How are the schools etc? And most importantly,how’s the riding? Thanks in advance,

    Dan

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    There is some alright riding in Cornwall but I wouldn’t move there for it, I’d move there for the beaches. Bodmin is on the up a little bit, Liskeard less so.

    Andy_Sweet
    Free Member

    Make sure you visit and check the areas thoroughly. There’s a reason those are some of the more affordable bits of Cornwall. Plus Bodmin seems to be a constant traffic jam in recent years (and I avoid it during the summer months).

    kayak23
    Full Member

    Plus Bodmin Cornwall seems to be a constant traffic jam in recent years (and I avoid it during the summer months).

    Ftfy.

    martinhutch
    Full Member

    Not the most affluent areas of Cornwall. Make sure you visit first to check out what you’re letting yourself in for.

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    Have a look at St. Austell too. House prices there didn’t seem that far off East Midlands prices, and you’re close to some great beaches.

    I’d not move there for the riding though! 🙂

    Kids of school age suggests you are still working too, so can you get a full time job that pays well enough?

    matt_outandabout
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    No idea about Cornwall.

    However, I moved from Sheffield to southern Highlands/north central Scotland 14 years ago. It was the best move ever for my family – the quality of life and access to wonderful places is just brilliant. If you are moving for this, then that is a Good Thing in my book.

    nickc
    Full Member

    If you’re going to move somewhere, go and see the place in the rain and cold and dark of February, not August

    martinhutch
    Full Member

    Have a look at St. Austell too. House prices there didn’t seem that far off East Midlands prices, and you’re close to some great beaches.

    My MIL lives in one of the villages near St Austell. It’s somewhat like a northern (former) pit village, but with better weather. The proximity of the Eden Project gives a false sense of what the area is like.

    There are quite a few districts, including parts of St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard, which figure in the top 10% of deprivation for England.

    I’ve never bothered taking my bike when heading down there. There is a little trail centre at Cardinham Woods near St Austell.

    IHN
    Full Member

    No idea about Cornwall.

    However, I moved from Sheffield Gloucestershire to southern Highlands/north central Scotland 14 outskirts of the Peak about 2 years ago. It was the best move ever for my family – the quality of life and access to wonderful places is just brilliant. If you are moving for this, then that is a Good Thing in my book.

    This, but, very importantly

    If you’re going to move somewhere, go and see the place in the rain and cold and dark of February, not August

    This too.

    jam-bo
    Full Member

    My MIL lives in one of the villages near St Austell. It’s somewhat like a northern (former) pit village, but with better weather. The proximity of the Eden Project gives a false sense of what the area is like.

    bugle? in the heart of the cornish alps and proper rough…

    martinhutch
    Full Member

    Close. Penwithick.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    If you’re going to move somewhere, go and see the place in the rain and cold and dark of February, not August

    Very true.

    We lived in an ‘idyllic’ Highland village.

    However, stand there on a wet Wednesday at the end of January and it felt like the end of the world. It also had many village politics, high cost of living (local travel = drive 20 miles, off mains gas, few shops etc) and your own personal issues will go with you.

    GolfChick
    Free Member

    No idea about Cornwall.

    However, I moved from Sheffield Gloucestershire West Midlands to southern Highlands/north central Scotland 14 outskirts of the Peak about 2 years ago the border between Lancashire/Cumbria 17 months ago. It was the best move ever for my family – the quality of life and access to wonderful places is just brilliant. If you are moving for this, then that is a Good Thing in my book.

    Cycling/the outdoors, normal folk and away from traffic were the most important things for us/me. I certainly personally wouldn’t be picking Cornwall for that reason!

    johndoh
    Free Member

    My brother (who is the friendliest, most personable person I know and can strike up conversations and make friends at the drop of a hat) moved to Cornwall from North Yorkshire. The wall of hate he got from the locals (which he came into contact with lots as he repairs electronics in supermarkets/banks etc) was unending and wore him down. After four years he was still constantly treated as an outsider and accused of stealing jobs (he only relocated as the company he worked for couldn’t find the staff locally). He’s now back in the town he grew up in and is much, much happier for it.

    nickc
    Full Member

    stand there on a wet Wednesday at the end of January and it felt like the end of the world.

    Aye, moved to Calderdale a few years back and the lack of light [in the very steep-sided valley] in winter gave the place a very different feel to the height of summer with tourists and long days

    dcl
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    Cornwall is great but there are some really deprived areas but also some good places.
    We live in Plymouth and can be on the beach or the moors in 30 mins as well as the Cornwall beaches mostly in an hour. Tend to go in the evenings though when they are quiet.
    Can also ride from home and close to many trail centres and natural riding.
    We love it!!

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    My stepdaughter & her bloke are splitting up after being in Bude since last August, house is up for sale if anyone’s interested.
    My Mrs keeps an eye on the Bude webcam because her daughter keeps rabbiting on about how great the weather is, however, it always seems grim & wetter than North Yorkshire.
    They’d only been there 5 minutes & we’re complaining about the amount of tourists.

    thecaptain
    Free Member

    That’s very interesting @johndoh and is certainly what you hear about some parts of Yorkshire. However, where we moved (also in North Yorks) is quite the opposite, strikingly friendly and open, quite unlike anywhere I’ve ever lived before in fact. Part of that is possibly due to our personal circumstances now being much more home-based versus commuting out to work.

    jezzasnr
    Free Member

    Not quite Cornwall now, but having lived on the border for a while I’ll chip in.
    We lived just outside Bude in the last couple of houses, but when time came to move we opted for Holsworthy rather than Bude based mostly on value for money. Realistically I would say you can add 25-30% at least to get the similar sort of place. Also to avoid the high summer mayhem if in any of the main towns.
    Where we are now is 20mins to the beach so can easily pop down for an evening or early morning in the summer before it gets too busy. We sat on the beach last week with a BBQ & friends just as most visitors were leaving, watched the kids playing as the sun set.
    Would agree that there are plenty of parts of Cornwall that are pretty run down. We prefer the North coast to the South. BiL/SiL in Looe would agree I think.

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    That’s very interesting @johndoh and is certainly what you hear about some parts of Yorkshire. 

    Whoosh!

    ( or at least I think so. It’s hard to tell 🙂 )
    Can you clarify johndoe which was shit, Cornwall or Yorkshire?

    jobro
    Free Member

    Places like Redruth, Camborne and Bodmin were considered some of the most deprived areas of the EU and accounted for the more than 100 million Euro in subsidies the county received from 2000 onwards(ironic that Cornwall voted to leave then) It really is grim there and far removed from the Poldark fairytale.
    There is also only 415 miles of bridleways in the county. An incredibly low number considering its size. Next-door Devon has 1200 miles, Dorst close to 1800.
    It is beautiful in places sure, but it rains constantly (slight exaggeration but seems like it) traffic is dire and its full of second homers or worse Cornish! Trust me they will hate you.
    I’d look around carefully first and then realise you meant to go to Devon or Dorset 🙂

    footflaps
    Full Member

    ironic that Cornwall voted to leave then

    They resented being some of the most deprived people in Europe and wanted desperately to be some of the most deprived people in the UK 😉

    thecaptain
    Free Member

    Whoosh!

    ( or at least I think so. It’s hard to tell 🙂 )
    Can you clarify johndoe which was shit, Cornwall or Yorkshire?

    Ah, I mentally swapped the “from” and “to” in his post. As you were.

    There are certainly some parts of NYorks that are reputed to be much the same, though.

    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    There are certainly some parts of NYorks that are reputed to be much the same, though.

    Catterick Garrison, Skinningrove? (Where they eat their young apparently)
    Having been to Cornwall 4 times & living in North Yorkshire, I know which one I prefer! 😜

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