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Bawdeswell – A thriving rural Norfolk village with a real sense of community

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If you’re looking for a new home in a small, rural but flourishing Norfolk village, Bawdeswell fits the bill perfectly.

Nestled in the centre of Norfolk, Bawdeswell is within easy commuting distance of Norwich, being only 14 miles northwest of the bustling and vibrant city. Bawdeswell’s location also benefits from the close proximity of the market towns of Fakenham and Dereham both within a 20-minute drive. Here you can shop at the larger supermarkets and high street names along with all the local necessities.

Closer still, just a 10-minute drive is the smaller historic market town of Reepham, located between the picturesque Bure and Wensum valleys. You’ll find a delightful selection of quaint antique and gift shops, cafes, a post office, doctors and secondary school.

With all of that on your doorstep, you can still benefit from the peace and quiet a village community has to offer. There really is something for all ages in Bawdeswell, from couples and families to those seeking a peaceful or engaging retirement.

For young families, Bawdeswell has a pre-school rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for 0-5 year olds and a Community Primary school. There is also Little Monkeys Parent and Toddler Group held in the village hall during term time or for older children there’s Bawdeswell Youth Football team for boys and girls aged between 4 and 12 years. The team is known as Bawdeswell Bombers after a plane crash in 1944 which struck Bawdeswell church.


There are numerous local groups and activities that take place on a regular basis at Bawdeswell Village Hall. These include Zumba and yoga classes or more sedate activities such as a Bridge Club, Bawdeswell Knit and Natter or Book Club. Bowls is popular too, with Bintree and Bawdeswell Bowls Clubs playing at the village hall, while Short Mat Bowls is available at nearby Foxley Village Hall. There’s even a Village Cinema which screens monthly films and you can enjoy a coffee at the weekly Hub Café.

Amenities within Bawdeswell include a garage, local shop, tea rooms and butchers. For all your gardening needs and more, Bawdeswell Garden Centre is a family run business and popular meeting place, with a restaurant and a play area for children. They stock gifts, toys, books, furniture, locally sourced produce and freshly baked goods.

Close by to Bawdeswell is Foxley Wood, a nature reserve home to one of the most spectacular bluebell woods in the UK and with 300 acres, it is also the largest ancient woodland in Norfolk. Managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, you’ll find an abundance of woodland plants and wild flowers, with the beautiful bluebell display in Spring being a particular highlight. It’s also a haven for Norfolk wildlife including many species of butterflies and birds.

There are a number of footpaths for walking and if you want to go further you can take Marriot's Way, a long distance trail. It’s a great way to explore the pretty Wensum Valley, as this cycle and walking path runs from Aylsham to Norwich along old railway lines and passes through several Norfolk villages and towns.

A name inspired by the bluebells of Foxley Wood, ‘Bluebell Rise’ is a development of forty new 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes for sale in the heart of Bawdeswell village. Why not come and get a taste of village life or arrange a viewing by calling 01953 884486 or seeing our homes for sale here.