What it is like to live in Nottinghamshire’s ‘picturesque’ villages by the River Trent

The area surrounding the River Trent is one of Nottingham’s biggest attractions on the south side of the city but further along the river in the north of the county, its appeal remains.

Villages along the River Trent such as Fiskerton and Bleasby slightly further inland are seen by local residents as “beautiful” and “picturesque” places to live and work.

The small villages both with less than 1,000 residents are thought to live are only around a five-minute drive from one another and both feature pubs which are seen as hubs of the community.

Being close to the river also means local residents can make use of walking routes along the river and people from further afield come to the village to spend an afternoon.

The River Trent, Fiskerton
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Nottinghamshire Live visited Fiskerton and Bleasby to find out more about what it is like to live and work in these villages.

Terry Guyler, 80, and his wife Ruth often visit Fiskerton when they can to enjoy at coffee at The Bromley pub and to walk along the river.

The couple from Arnold explained why they like the village so much.

Terry said: “We like to come down and have a pub at the coffee and walk along the river.

“We come when we can and when the weather is right for it. It’s a beautiful place.

“You can walk all the way along the river from here to get to Hazelford Ferry which is quite a walk.

“It’s really nice here, particularly in the summer because the water gets quite crowded with lots of boats then.”

Joy Daunt [right] and Tina Grey [middle] are two shopkeepers who work at the Mace village shop in Fiskerton. Pictured with their colleague Sophie Welbourne
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Joy Daunt and Tina Grey are two shopkeepers who work at the Mace village shop in Fiskerton.

Joy, who has lived in the village since 2006, said: “The river here is lovely in the summer and the community here is great too.

“You see lots of familiar faces in the shop and everyone is so friendly.

“It’s nice and quiet here and I think that’s why people like coming here. We even get people from as far as Yorkshire coming here to fish.

“There’s a popular campsite just down the road too and it’s a great place for dog walking.

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“We’ve got a couple of great pubs in the village here and in the summer there are some great parties that are organised.

“The house prices are pretty reasonable compared to surrounding villages too.”

As of the 2011 census, Fiskerton has a population of around 900.

Tom Booth is 21 and works as a waiter and bar staff member at The Bromley pub in the village.

As a resident of neighbouring Southwell, he said: “The river is so relaxing to sit and enjoy some food or a drink by. On a hot sunny day, it’s such a nice place to work.

“It’s really picturesque when the weather is good.

Karen Baggaley, 64, works as a bar staff member at the Wagon and Horses pub in Bleasby
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“We get quite busy then too and lots of people from other places like to come here for a meal.

“It’s definitely quite than a city pub and that’s what some people want, even though we can get packed at times.”

Another village around a three-minute drive inland from the Trent is Bleasby where more than 800 people live as of 2011.

Karen Baggaley, 64, works as a bar staff member at the Wagon and Horses pub.

She said: I’ve lived in the village for 15 years and it’s such a wonderful place to be.

“There’s a great community spirit here where everybody helps each other out.

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“I Iove it because it’s all very natural and green here. When the fields are flooded too you see lots of birds around here as well and luckily, the homes don’t really get flooded.

“I know most of the people from working here at the pub which is definitely the hub of the community.”

Sarah Hill is a programme manager at Boots who has lived in Bleasby for nine years with her family.

She added: “My kids love it here. Being so close to the countryside is lovely.

“They love the nearby community school and there’s a great bike fair that takes place here. That was only two weeks ago and my son learnt to ride his bike there.

“It’s a very beautiful place to live.”


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