The English country lanes are dotted with many pretty and charming villages. The Cotswold valley and Suffolk are filled with picturesque villages with storybook charm. Though going to one village from others can take a long time as the English back roads are quite slow. But that’s the beauty of it. These villages have stayed off the beaten path preserving their history and charm. To know more about the prettiest English villages read on 10 Prettiest Villages In England:
1. Castle Combe & Bibury, Cotswold valley:
Castle Combe has been named the “Prettiest Village in England” for good. The village in Wiltshire, England, has two parts. One is in the narrow valley of the By Brook and the second Upper Castle Combe is on higher ground to the east. The village has a river flowing through it, little quaint riverside cottages and small pretty streets. Bibury another picturesque village is located on both banks of the River Coln. The postcard-perfect village is filled with old Cozy cottages and has a picturesque old church. These warm villages are enchanting, with vivid colours and a magical feel.
2. Lynmouth, Devon:
Located in Devon on the northern edge of Exmoor, Lynmouth straddles the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers, in a gorge 700 feet below Lynton. Nearby of the village is the Valley of the Rocks. The twisting landscape of ancient geology, Lynmouth Cliff Railway, Glen Lyn Gorge and all the natural beauty the village is surrounded by, makes it a great place to relax.
3. Beer & Clovelly, Devon:
Devon has some of the most charming and prettiest places to visit in England. Beer & Clovelly are two small and charming villages located in the district of Devon. Facing the Lyme Bay, Beer is located at the picturesque location of Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Beaches, cliffs, pubs, and the famous Beer Head makes Beer a perfect summer destination. Clovelly is more of a cosy and elegant village best known for its harbour, cobbled main street, donkeys and views over the Bristol Channel. This village with white-washed and pastel cottages is car-free.
4. Lacock Village, Wiltshire:
About 3 miles south of the town of Chippenham, sits a pretty village named Lacock. Located in the county of Wiltshire, Lacock is among the most unspoiled beauties of England so it naturally attracts many tourists. The village has also appeared in television shows including Downton Abbey, BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and movies like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and in Wolfman.
5. Hawkshead & Tintagel:
Located near South Lakeland area, Hawkshead is best known for the hamlets of Hawkshead Hill. Hawkshead in Cumbria was once home to William Wordsworth. Beatrix Potter also lived here and her former residence now open to the public. Whitewashed cottages, old pubs and cobbled streets altogether attract many tourists in Hawkshead. Tintagel is situated on the Atlantic coast of Cornwall. With a small population, Tintagel is renowned for being the alleged location of King Arthur’s stronghold, Tintagel Castle.
6. Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire:
Located in the rural Cotswolds area, straddling the River Windrush, Bourton-on-the-Water has been called the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds. The village is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and has several picturesque bridges arching over the river. The traditional stone houses, the Cotswold Motoring Museum and Birdland makes it a great place to explore in a weekend.
7. Lavenham & Kersey, Suffolk:
Lavenham & Kersey are two of the prettiest villages located in Suffolk. Lavenham is best known for its Guildhall, Little Hall, 15th-century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walks. This village with medieval buildings was among the twenty wealthiest settlements in England once famous for its wool. Kersey located in the Babergh district has a ford across a stream at its main street. Some of its thatch-roofed, pink-washed timber-framed houses date back to as early as the 13th century.
8. Dedham, Essex:
Located within the borough of Colchester in northeast Essex, Dedham is surrounded by serene landscape and scenic meadows. Located on the River Stour with its pretty high street and Georgian facades, Dedham looks simply magical.
9. Upper and Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds:
Located in the Cotswolds district, Upper and Lower Slaughter are two tiny twin towns best known for the pastoral, chocolate-box Cotswolds beauty. The towns are linked by the River Eye. There is a slow-moving stream crossed by two footbridges. The Anglican parish church and the 14th-century building aptly named The Old Mill are two famous attraction.
10. Chiddingstone, Kent:
Located on the River Eden between Tonbridge and Edenbridge, Chiddingstone is an example of a Tudor one-street village. There are many legends about the “chiding stone” which is a massive sandstone boulder that guards the entrance of the village. Most of the timber-framed or brick buildings in the village are as old as 200 years.