Just because we have waved goodbye to yet another disappointing summer does not mean to say you can’t enjoy what the UK’s charming countryside has to offer in autumn. With this in mind, here are 15 villages you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
1.Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England
After gazing at the 18th-century architecture, sample some traditional pub grub and real ale at the White Heart.
2.Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Wales
This beautiful village features stone-built houses, the medieval St Mary’s Church, and the Sygun Copper Mine.
3.Bourton-On-The-Water, Gloucestershire, England
Described as the “Venice of the Cotswolds,” the River Windrush passes through this village under a series of delightful bridges.
4.Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
This quaint coastal village located at the foot of the Glendun valley was designed by architect Clough William Ellis to resemble similar rural communities in Cornwall.
5.Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England
Once voted Britain’s most desirable village but perhaps best known as the location of the Cerne Abbas Giant – a 55-metre naked figure carved into the chalk hillside.
6.Crovie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
This tiny fishing village consists of a single line of houses, which are blanketed by a stunning cliff side.
7.Polperro, Cornwall, England
Make your way through the winding streets, admire the fishermen’s cottages, and grab a fresh crab sandwich by the harbour.
8.Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, Wales
Surrounded by the dramatic mountains and woodland of Snowdonia National Park, this village is also home to a vintage car museum.
9.Great Ayton, Yorkshire, England
The famous childhood home of explorer Captain James Cook and the unofficial gateway to the North York Moors.
10.Crail, Fife, Scotland
While the cobbled streets that descend down to the diminutive harbour will provide enough delight for most visitors, a trip in July affords the option of attending the annual Crail Festival.
11.Dunster, Somerset, England
Featuring over 200 listed buildings including the 11th-century Dunster Castle, this village used to be a focal point for the old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.
12.Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Brightly painted buildings look out to an 18th-century fishing port, where whales, dolphins, and basking sharks can often be seen in the distance.
13.Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds, England
Together with pristine limestone cottages and a wonderfully converted mill, this village also boasts the most romantic street in Britain according to a Google Street View poll.
14.Plockton, Loch Carron, Scotland
Featuring chocolate-box cottages, which are backed by a craggy landscape of heather and pine.
15.Hawkshead, Cumbria, England
Poet William Wordsworth and author Beatrix Potter were great admirers of this village’s cobbled alleyways and ancient architecture.
With so much charm and character up and down the British Isles, you might want to book a last minute deal in autumn sooner rather than later.
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