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Do you live in Wensleydale????

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NeedMoreShoes Mon 14-Mar-05 10:39:34

I know it is a bit specific, but do any MNers live in Wensleydale or in the nearby bits of the Yorkshire Dales / Cumbria ? DH and I and the twins are probably going to relocate there from London in the next few months and I am cacking myself. For a start, how expensive is it to live there - I suspect it is London prices because it is such a lovely area, also where is the nearest big hospital? How remote is it, because on the map it looks like the middle of nowhere.

Can anyone tell me what it is like living there?

(and yes I realise it is not like moving to the moon, but I am panicking because we are doing this completely unprepared and I don't know what to expect).

NomDePlume Mon 14-Mar-05 10:41:02

Have you had a look at upmystreet.com they're generally quite good for schools, hospitals & services info.

NomDePlume Mon 14-Mar-05 10:43:28

UpMyStreet's view of Wensleydale to keep you going til a Wensleydale MNer comes to your rescue !

Tetley Mon 14-Mar-05 10:47:10

I don't live there (I'm in Leeds, so not too far away!), but have spent quite a few holidays there & my parents used to live in Dentdale. To me it's not that remote (but may feel it coming from London).

Leyburn & Richmond are nice places for food shopping - especially the market in Richmond. It's also not that far to Leeds or Newcastle on the A1 - in terms of an occasional big shop.

Personally I'd love to live in Wensleydale - & hopefully sometime in the next couple of years we want to move out of the city. I'm very envious

I'm sure that someone will be on here with a bit more information for you soon.

Gwenick Mon 14-Mar-05 10:47:55

hmmm not sure that's the 'right' wensleydale

NomDePlume Mon 14-Mar-05 10:51:35

Gwenick ??

littlemissbossy Mon 14-Mar-05 10:53:03

NmS, I'm not from Wensleydale, but from Leeds and I have family that live in the Yorkshire Dales so know the area reasonably well. Wensleydale is beautiful but some parts are quite remote. Whereabouts are you moving/thinking of moving to? is it for work reasons and where do you need to commute to?

Gwenick Mon 14-Mar-05 10:54:21

well the map that accompanied that 'wensleydale' was over on the coast near Newcastle! and wensleydale is not near the sea

littlemissbossy Mon 14-Mar-05 10:54:56

Yes Gwenick, wrong Wensleydale - there's also one in Northumberland

Gizmo Mon 14-Mar-05 10:55:13

NeedMoreShoes

Hi, did you see the article in the Sunday Times Property supplement yesterday about living in the Dales? (If you go to their website you can pull it, but in the newspaper format, so I'm not convinced a direct link will work, sorry).

I don't know much about the facilities in the area, but I was bought up in a remote bit of rural North Yorkshire (not the Dales) and the article makes some good points about rural vs urban living. For example, be prepared to spend a lot of time driving!

I don't think you'll find house prices are anywhere near London levels, and I'm sure the cost of living will be lower (this is Yorkshire after all!). It is extremely beautiful but a very different way of life from living in London: good luck!

Gwenick Mon 14-Mar-05 10:56:55

this is an example of what you can get for your money smack bang in the middle of Wensleydale

NomDePlume Mon 14-Mar-05 11:00:19

Sorry about that ! I just typed wensleydale in and it only came up with that one option

maisystar Mon 14-Mar-05 11:25:43

i moved to sheffield from bedale(the gateway to the dales) 18 months ago. my mum and dad live there as does my sis, her partner and their ds, and also my brother. i grew up there. we vivit there about once a month.

ummm, what is it like to live there?? well it wasn't for me, but i am a city girl. i am also single and relatively young. i also don't drive-you need to be able to drive!

my mum and dad love it and wouldn't leave. my sister loves it. it probably is a great place to bring up kids, v quiet, lots of greenery, farms, walks etc. very little in the way of museums, galleries, organised events for kids.

bedale is a small market town, think population is about 7000, it has grown massively since my parents moved there (1975!) there are a few toddler groups/nurseries. a little farm which is really nice. there is a little park too.

how expensive is it? depends what you are looking for wnd where! my sis and her dp have just bought a 2 bed persimmon home in bedale for £136,000. a friend recently bought a 3 bed stone built house in reeth(verrrry remote!) for £360,000. cost of living is pretty low-especially after london i would think!

the nearest big hospital in the friarage in northallerton. i had ds there-it is a lovely hospital(well as lovely as they can be lol). we spent a fair bit of time in the childrens in ds's first 2 tears and couldn't fault the care.

it can be very remote indeed, but is very friendly once you are accepted lots of pubs have prices for locals and higher ones for tourists!! obivously you don't have to live remotely, there are lots of market towns, bedale, leyburn etc, or villages.


oh the other thing that i think is important to consider is your children as they grow up. it is not fun for 13-18 yr olds, absolutely nothing to do. kids just end up hangig round, any plans for skate parks etc are fiercly rejected(a bit nimby!!)

so that is my opinion

maisystar Mon 14-Mar-05 11:28:06

phew think that is my longest ever post

ask if you want to know anyhting else

Frizbe Mon 14-Mar-05 11:31:32

ooooh Gwenick, I wanna move there now! Good luck with your move needmoreshoes I was up that way recently and I love it too! could live there happily, but dh won't let me think about going anywhere until next year...ho hum.....

gingerbear Mon 14-Mar-05 11:43:04

Nowt like Emmerdale then ??

maisystar Mon 14-Mar-05 11:47:11

ey oop gingerbear

don't watch emmerdale so not sure, i know heartbeat used to filmed there!

littlemissbossy Mon 14-Mar-05 11:47:20

LOL gingerbear
Emmerdale is a purpose-built set on the Harewood Estate on the outskirts of Leeds... it's only pretend you know??

gingerbear Mon 14-Mar-05 11:51:36

ey up maisy
No, Heartbeat was filmed in Goathland wasn't it?
(Fond memories of NYM when I was at Uni in Middlesbro')
Oh, and I did the Swaledale Marathon once (Reeth etc) when I was 10 years younger and 2 stones lighter and fitter!!

maisystar Mon 14-Mar-05 11:54:53

was it? prob another program i am thinking of!

my friend who lives at reeth was snowed in for 4 days a few weeks ago, altho they did manage to get to the pub

NeedMoreShoes Mon 14-Mar-05 22:12:23

Maisystar, you are a star - thanks for this, and thanks to everyone else. I think I clearly need to get my act together and find out a bit more as this is too much of a leap into the unknown. This will be the first time that dh and I have ever said, sod it, let's give it a go and see what happens, but with the squids to think of now I am starting to lose my nerve.

Final details of dh job still to be confirmed but we are likely to be in the Sedbergh area I think.

Thanks again everyone.

Tetley Tue 15-Mar-05 09:22:34

Sebdurgh's nice! It's very near where my parents used to live. In which case Kendal will be your nearest town (shops, hospital etc) - which is very nice.

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