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The local area guide to living in Beaworthy
A small village hidden away in North West Devon, Beaworthy is a charming little hamlet in a picture-perfect setting. The pretty little village consists mainly of a 14th Century church, a primary school and nursery, local organic farm shops, and various traditional family-friendly Devon pubs. There is also a large reserve which has been converted into an Alpaca farm; perfect for animal lovers. Beaworthy is located conveniently between Halwill Junction and Whiddon, and is a short drive from the beautiful Winsford Walled Garden.
Information about the local residents
The 2011 census survey shows the population of Beaworthy to be very small, with a mere 236 residents reported as to living there. Owing to the little town being a pastoral haven, it is no surprise that those who make the move have every intention of staying, and for this reason, the numbers have remained fairly constant across recent census surveys.
Recent reports suggest that the village is particularly popular among new parents looking to join a community, and for good reason. The small population really does offer the chance to bond with the close-knit community, however; and if you’re looking for the sort of friendly atmosphere where you know the names of all your neighbours, your milkman and your postman, then Beaworthy embodies that community spirit perfectly.
The local Halwill Primary School is located close to Beaworthy, less than a 15 minute drive away, and has received a ‘2’ or ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted inspectors in recent years. The school is highly community focussed, and encourages parents to be as actively involved as possible; offering frequent newsletters and open days where parents are urged to offer thoughts and feedback on their child’s education. In the same building can be found Ashwater Play Group; a pre-school class which caters for up to 12 children aged between 2 and 5 years of age.
Various other primary schools aren’t far away, and the most convenient secondary school boasts impressive GCSE test results. Saying this, it is worth noting that the school is located a few miles away in the equally pretty village of Shebbear, and therefore does require a car to travel to. Shebbear College is a fundamentally Christian school, which offers pupils the option to board during the week – an option which is increasingly popular for those attending from the surrounding areas who wish avoid making the daily journey by car.
The village’s rural location means anyone wishing to live here would really benefit from owning a car. The village itself does not have a bus service at present, and whilst the majority of roads are pedestrian-friendly, the neighbouring villages which do offer public transport are a fair distance away. The village does have a local running ‘A-2-B taxi service which has been recommended as being ‘friendly and reliable’ by the locals.
Since the Halwill Junction Railway Station closed, the nearest railway station is a short 10 mile drive to Okehampton – however owing to the rural location; traffic is not generally an issue up in this rustic paradise. For those who have access to their own transport, getting around is easy, with various towns and other amenities just a short drive away.
Local shops include the two main organic farm shops on the outskirts of Beaworthy, two shops that work with several of the local farms to ensure a fresh and delectable supply of local product. For an extremely modest price, you know you’re supporting a local business and assisting your village in sustaining itself.
There are various pubs scattered around Beaworthy and its surrounding areas; including, but certainly not limited to, the Half Moon Inn, The Golden Inn and the Devil’s Stone Inn. As the village itself is quiet, the pubs are bustling and guaranteed to be full of life."
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