Residential park review: Bedwell Park, Cambridgeshire from Tingdene Parks
Bedwell Park from Tingdene Parks is located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, close to Ely, the city once known as the Isle of Eels. It's also within close distance of Cambridge and Newmarket, the home of horse racing, plus the coasts of Suffolk and Norfolk. This is a region rich in history and fascination and, if you fancy park home living here, then read on…
Amid the tranquil fenlands of Cambridgeshire lies a small park home estate where new plots are being created. One area of the park, of just nine homes, is already completed and the new area, for 16 homes, is now being developed.
Bedwell Park, owned by the Tingdene Parks group, is just two-and-a-half miles from Ely, England’s second smallest city.
The park is in the village of Witchford, a community that has a range of shops, services and take-aways. The small town of Haddenham lies to the west of Bedwell Park and Ely sits to the east. There is a bus stop right outside the park, on Bedwell Hey Lane, with regular services to both.
The area has many walking and cycling routes – and, if you favour flat terrain, there is plenty of it in this region!
About Bedwell Park
There is currently one show home (now reserved) at Bedwell Park and a range of plots are available in the new area of development on the park.
The age range of residents at Bedwell Park is from 45 years; some are semi-retired, others retired. With one area of the park well established, there is a strong community on the park and also in the village.
Just opposite the entrance to the park is Witchford’s Sports & Social Club, where a range of activities takes place including yoga, Pilates and bingo.
Toni Norman, Marketing Manager for Tingdene Parks, sums up the attraction of living at Bedwell Park: “The park offers a good mix of town and country. You can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside as well as head into Ely for high street shops, larger supermarkets, eateries and cinemas. Plus, it’s close to the River Great Ouse, making it an ideal place to buy a park home and perhaps, also, buy a boat. Ely has a key railway station for routes through East Anglia and across the country, plus Cambridge has direct lines into London, so you’re very well connected.”
If you are interested in getting a boat, it’s worth knowing that the park can arrange special deals for residents on a mooring at Hartford Marina, near Huntingdon.
Pets are allowed on the park. Plot fees are £184.57 a month. There’s a supermarket two and a half miles away, a fuel station just over a mile way, a doctors’ surgery three miles away and a Post Office just over half a mile from the park.
About the area
Ely is a fascinating city, famous for its magnificent cathedral, which can be seen across the flatlands of the fens for miles (the tower stands 66 metres high).
Building of the cathedral began in the eleventh century but its history goes back further, to the year 673, when a monastery was founded by Etheldreda, daughter of the king of East Anglia. The cathedral is on the site of that monastery.
Ely’s name is derived from the Isle of Eels; it was once an island surrounded by marshland, accessible only by boat until the fens were drained in the seventeenth century. Although eels are no longer caught commercially at Ely, the tradition lives on in the form of an eel festival weekend, usually held in May. And smoked eels, considered a delicacy, can be bought at the Ely Farmers' Market.
The city is also famous for its museum of stained glass, showing examples from the thirteenth century up to work by artists of the 1800s including William Morris.
Cambridge, city of learning and magnificent architecture, also famous for the beauty of its river, the Cam, and endless shopping possibilities, is just 15 miles from Witchford.
Newmarket, the centre of British horse racing, home to more than 50 training yards housing around 2,500 horses, is 15 miles away. Horses have been trained here for 350 years. You can visit trainers’ yards, the National Stud (tours give you an insight into the world of Thoroughbred breeding), and the National Horseracing Museum. If you are interested in racing you’ve probably already been to Newmarket; a move to the region would enable you to continue to explore this fascinating heritage town.
SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK COASTS
For a longer day out, you can be at the sands and villages of the Suffolk coast in around an hour and a half. The same length of journey takes you to the north Norfolk coast.
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Finedon Road Industrial Estate
Northamptonshire NN8 4HB
Tel: 01933 778781
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