Possibly moving up North for a better way of life..

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SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 19:14:04

We have been seriously thinking about moving up North, and would love some tips on the best areas.

Currently in the South East, and we really do struggle. We are in a tiny new build flat and it's starting to feel very overcrowded. We can't move as we can't afford to (privately rent) and we've had enough now.

It may be possible for DH to get a work transfer as the company he works for has a few bases scattered around the country. I did have a look in Cumbria, and adore the property there (about an hour commute for DH) however we don't know if we would have much choice, if any, by relying on his current job placements.

Has anyone else done similar? Would love to hear about it please.

ApplesTheHare Wed 19-Oct-16 19:19:38

Hiya Southern

I moved up 5/6 years ago now, having always lived in the south east/London, and I wouldn't go back. It's deffo a bit 'different' in parts of the north but the quality of life is fantastic. The difference in the housing market means we can afford something along the lines of a 4-bed detached rather than a 2-bed flat at most. Transport links aren't as good, so if you'll be linked to a location for work I'd live closer to it than you would plan to in the south. Tons of the North is gorgeous though, just depends on whether you fancy city life, the countryside or even seaside living!

Good luck whatever you decide to do flowers

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 20:09:28

Thank you for the quick reply Apples

We are also in the position, like you, where we are currently in a 2 bed and, having had a quick look in random locations, I see that we will be able to afford a 4-bed too.

I think we would want somewhere located in the country side, with easy access to a city and seaside - basically everything you said grin

We're moving with children too, so want to be 100% sure on our decision.

lk26 Wed 19-Oct-16 20:13:47

I live in Cumbria so can offer my own take on where to go and schools etc if that helps ?

EllieM22 Wed 19-Oct-16 20:18:05

Do it! We just did this from Reading to Leeds. We could afford a proper family home, and everyone is so friendly! DH was able to transfer and took a paycut but it still works out much cheaper. We are all so much happier up here 😊

Dannygirl Wed 19-Oct-16 20:18:44

Yes we did it a couple of years ago and haven't looked back - where would your DH work options be? Yorkshire is very good for being close to city/town and countryside

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 20:19:21

Yes please lk26, that would be fab.

The nearest work placement possible to there is in Chorley. I have no idea if this is a realistic commute confused. However, it may be possible that once we settle, DH can look locally for work.

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 20:21:04

Crossed Posted with Ellie & Danny. Hang on while I get DC's bedtime done, and I'll be back smile

dun1urkin Wed 19-Oct-16 20:27:14

Have a look at Lancaster & surrounds. I used to live in Chorley and commute to Lancaster, it was around 45 mins if I recall correctly.
Lancaster has good transport links and is close to the South Lakes etc

gillybeanz Wed 19-Oct-16 20:31:49

Chorley is lovely, but they have a scheme for local people to buy houses atm.
Not sure how it works or why but have seen them advertised on Rightmove.
Rawtenstall and Clitheroe are rural (ish), the Ribble Valley is beautiful and of course Clitheroe Royal grammar is one of the traditional grammars where parents in the whole don't tutor believe it or not.

HermioneWeasley Wed 19-Oct-16 20:33:28

Need to think about future jobs/careers for both of you - there's not a lot in Cumbria. Think about being within commuting distance of bigger cities like Leeds and Manchester.

I did it, and don't understand why anyone lives in the SE if you don't need to (unless you're super rich). Quality of life up here is so much better

ohforfoxsake Wed 19-Oct-16 20:34:08

I moved from London to Manchester 6 years ago. Best thing I could have done. Very happy, much better house, schools, transport, kids very happy.

Vinegartitsvera Wed 19-Oct-16 20:34:10

Kendal is very close to M6 so straight commute to Chorley, although it's not the best stretch of motorway as prone to hold ups. Alternatively some lovely villages around Lancaster area.

Vinegartitsvera Wed 19-Oct-16 20:35:37

Alternatively Garstang and surrounding pretty villages, close to Preston, Blackpool and Chorley.

buzzbobboo Wed 19-Oct-16 20:38:04

You'll never manage the commute from the Lakes. Don't do it.

There are loads of places more accessible that are lovely (I second looking at Clitheroe area, Forest of Bowland) and you can still reach the lakes for day trips. Also being closer to Chorley means you're closer to Manchester which is an ace city.

Alternatively look coastal - Southport, Lytham perhaps. Formby is a gorgeous bit of coast but the town itself may be too pricey (lots of footballers)

honeysucklejasmine Wed 19-Oct-16 20:42:01

We're thinking of doing the same. We could get a 5 bed detached for approx £50k less than our 3 bed terrace!

We're looking at the area between Warwick (too pricey) and the peak district (not too far from family).

So glad to hear people don't regret the move! I'm a teacher so I can work anywhere. But where exactly we are will depend on DH's job.

FlamingoSnuffle Wed 19-Oct-16 21:00:04

Admittedly we didn't live in the South but we relocated from the Midlands area to Leeds for more job opportunities for Dh's work.

We have family over in Lancashire so regularly travel the M62 (highest motorway in England) through the Pennines.

We have friends in the South who are squished into teeny houses worth twice as much as our house.

If you can relocate for work, I would do it. Just think about anyone you might want to visit darn sarf because it is a hell of a journey from the Lakes.

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 21:32:41

Didn't expect so many replies already! Nice to see that so many have already made the move, and have it work out for them.

Seems Chorley is a nicer area than I thought, as well as surrounding areas. Is it busy or quiet? Are people friendly to newcomers?

Will not attempt the commute based on your advice buzz

We don't have any family past Surrey (we are even further down) and so will be totally alone up there - has anyone done this too? We dont even know anyone remotely close, it's the one thing that worries me.

Kidnapped Wed 19-Oct-16 21:44:18

Problem with places like Cumbria is that there isn't a huge amount of work there and the work that is there tends to be low-paid and/or seasonal. That's why people live in Birmingham rather than Grasmere unfortunately.

And Cumbria has the double whammy of lower local wages and high house prices (due to it being a tourist hot spot and lots of second homes). It is also not greatly placed for commuting to where the better-paid jobs are.

Lancashire is much better placed for job opportunities. And it has lovely parts itself of course.

Bb90 Wed 19-Oct-16 21:52:11

Reading - Newcastle
Wouldn't move back, however my family are all down south. DP is away with work a lot (half the year) so just me and the cat, only time will tell whether I'm able to be just as happy with kids and no help from family

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 23:16:18

This is all a great help - thank you smile

The other area that is a possibility is Cramlington in Northumberland or Fife, although that may be pushing us too far North --which terrifies me We don't know if we would get much choice on where we go. DH is having to ask for the transfer, and we don't know what the outcome will be at all.

I've taken into account the fact that a commute probably is a terrible idea now, so based on that perhaps I should just stick to a half hour or so travel, maximum.

Any more tips on the best places would be fab. Also warnings on where to avoid be great too.

NicknameUsed Wed 19-Oct-16 23:21:02

Cramlington isn't particularly nice, but there are other much nicer towns in Northumberland. Morpeth is lovely and not very far from Cramington. Alnick is nice as well. Ashington and Blyth are grim.

NicknameUsed Wed 19-Oct-16 23:21:16

Alnwick, not Alnick.

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 19-Oct-16 23:23:58

Thank you Nickname. Perhaps we should try and push for Lancashire in that case!

woowoowoo Wed 19-Oct-16 23:31:55

I live in Lancashire and I love it! Greater Manchester though.

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