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October 8, 2015 at 10:33 am in reply to: North Devon/Cornwall borders move – tell me about it #14948
Hi Judy, thanks for asking these questions. And thanks to everyone else for the thought provoking answers. My husband and I are looking to move from London to North Devon and we swing between feeling really excited at the idea and feeling really nervous. We’re mid/late 40s with no kids. My husband loves surfing and we’ve spent many many weekends in Devon and Cornwall in the last 15 years. Good friends moved to Barnstaple area in a quiet village. They love it. We need somewhere with a few amenities and preferably walk to the beach as husband can’t drive due to sight issues. We’re looking at Braunton (like the vibe and choice of shops, etc, but too far to walk to the beach with a surfboard), Croyde (a few amenities and great proximity to the beach, but perhaps too busy in summer and too quiet in winter), Georgeham (a few amenities, and a reasonable walk to the beach). I don’t know Georgeham but husband does a little. A bit of research suggests a lovely community. My fear is that we’ll find it hard to fit as we don’t have a family and we might be resented as more Londoners moving in (we’re actually northerners!). We talk about a new life growing veg, keeping chickens, surfing, running, climbing, visiting illfracombe/Barnstaple for cinema, theatre, restaurants. Having a campervan to travel around the surf spots of Devon and Cornwall. It’s sounds amazing, right?! But is it a rose-tinted view? We’ve thought a lot about what we’ll lose too, e.g. easy access to airports, seeing our friends regularly/spontaneously, further to travel to family up north. We plan to join clubs to get involved and meet new people. It would be great to hear a few more stories about how people adjusted, and perhaps thoughts on these three areas we are looking at.
Many thanks 🙂