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‘Unspoilt’ village on River Trent that fans say is better than being abroad when it’s sunny

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As the weather gets hotter many people are going on holiday or travelling to the seaside, but one Nottinghamshire village might “be better than abroad” when the weather is right. Near Burton J oyce, the village of Stoke Bardolph is situated next to the River Trent, and sees dozens of visitors every day.

Nottinghamshire Live decided to see why people enjoyed coming here so much. Business owner, Sam Moon, 36, of Leeds, has travelled a long way to enjoy the weather at Stoke Bardolph as he says “It’s one of the best spots for fishing in the country.”

Sam added: “We normally come down and camp out for two or three nights at a time. It’s lovely and you’ve got this nice big pub. It’s tranquil and peaceful up there and nice to get out in nature.”

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HGV driver, Andy Walker, 61, of Carlton, also enjoys coming to the area to fish. He said: “It’s local, it’s a nice area and quiet, and you can park over here right next to the rig. You can’t beat this weather, we need more of it.”

Although this time he hasn’t been too lucky with his fishing, Andy added: “The season only just started so who knows in a few weeks.”



Retired friends, Pete Smith, 60, and Colin Kelvey, 85, both of Arnold were enjoying their time in the village with Colin’s cockatiel Coco. Pete said: “We often come down and like to sit in the sun, it’s better than abroad when its like this.”

Pete added: “It’s better than watching tv. It’s unspoilt, nobody has spoilt it. Colin said: “I would rather be here right now than in Mallorca.”

Colin continued: “Right now is as hot as I like it with this bit of breeze, it’s beautiful. In my younger years that [River Trent] was my swimming pool, that’s where I learnt to swim.

Healthcare worker, Paul Starr, 36, of Mapperley, said: “I like being by the river, I’ve always come here as a habit. It’s got quite a nice bank that you can sit on and also the pub for food and drink, It’s quite tranquil.



Liverpool resident, Matt, 25, was visiting for the day whilst he waited to meet his girlfriend. He said: “I think it’s just somewhere nice you can park up. It’s free, there’s people fishing and people going out on the boats, what’s not to like.”

Rubbish clearance worker, Mr Wilson, 48, of West Bridgford, says he comes to the village for “the view.” He said: “It’s nice and the food is nice in the pub, we see a lot of people feeding the ducks and fishing.

A couple from Mapperley, Davinder Bhogal, 64, and Kiran Bhogal, 65, also enjoy coming to the village. Davinder says he used to come to the village as a boy for his hockey club, which was based where the pub is.



He said: “It’s a bit nostalgic coming here and having food. It’s easy to comer here and there’s less people.” His wife Kiran added: “It’s beautiful” and the pair enjoy coming to the area to enjoy the weather.

When asked what he likes most about coming to Stoke Bardolph, Dan Taylor, 63, of Mapperley, said: “The beautiful scenery and the river.” He continued: “We come here all year round, not just the summer.”

Dan added: “It’s just nice t be out by the water. It’s always different when we come as well, we love it. We also come here running as the road is so nice and flat.”

When asked what he enjoys about the area, retired, Paul Sissons, 58, of Derby, said: “It’s the second day the fishing season. We can park right there, it’s very easy to access and today you just the weather as well.”



Friends Louisa Moran, 22, Ben Holland, 22, and Sarah Buddie, 22, are all students in Nottingham but enjoying coming to Stoke Bardolph for a change of scenery. Louisa said: “We’ve got this boat so it’s quite nice for us to sail it down when the river’s nice.”

Ben added “We have come down from Trent Bridge, it’s just nice and quiet and good fun.” Sarah said: “I like coming to the River Trent further down, it’s just nice for students to get a chance of being out of the city.”

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