I've been on a little holiday around the UK this week from Cambridge to oxford to cheddar to Wye valley and found myself daydreaming a lot about where I would look to live if ever I was to relocate. Most important to me is safe outriding. Currently I have to go straight onto a road that 7yrs ago you could safely hack down at 8am, now its a major rat run with traffic speeding through thick and fast. I don't feel safe there any more.
I want somewhere with wide verges (rather than hedges tight to each side), not on a rat run route. Some hills would be nice, and loads of bridlepaths, preferably which are trot/canter-able. Nice scenery. Access to competition venues would be nice but not as much of a priority as good hacking.
Do any of you have all this? If so where?!