We’ve been living in Basingstoke for about a week and a half now. We have been working in the house, painting walls, coving, buying and building furniture, sorting out the mess we brought from the old house, etc. So we haven’t had that much time to explore the town we live in.
However, we DO know all the DIY shops and other stores in a 3 mile radius around us. We are so lucky to have: Wickes, B&Q, Homebase, Screwfix, Harveys, Maplin, Halfords, Staples, Comet, Argos, Dreams, Toys R us, Mothercare…. and that’s before going anywhere near the town centre!
Since we have been doing lots of DIY, going to the DIY shops two and even three times a day was something quite normal for the last few days. Something that I am very impressed about Basingstoke so far is the road system. Unlike Coventry’s Ringway, Basingstoke’s Ringway actually makes sense and is easy to use. It goes round town but in almost straight lines and with enough roundabouts to make it easy to turn around if you take the wrong exit.
It only took me a couple of days to learn my way in and out our estate, and I found the fastest route to all the important shops pretty quickly (Morrisons, Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Sainsbury’s within 10 minutes drive).
Since we live in the “outskirts” and have to take the car almost for everything, having a good road system is heaven sent.
I haven’t ventured myself into the town centre (apart from Festival Place) just yet. We’ll see if it turns out to be as easy as the rest!