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If you’re like me and you love exploring the quaint and picturesque villages that dot the UK countryside, then you’re in for a treat. I’ve been trotting around the country, chatting with locals, and soaking in the beauty of these charming spots. So, grab your walking shoes and let’s embark on a journey to discover some of the best picturesque villages the UK has to offer!

1. Bibury, Gloucestershire

First up on our list is Bibury, often referred to as one of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. With its honey-coloured stone cottages, meandering river, and lush greenery, Bibury looks like something straight out of a postcard. Be sure to visit Arlington Row, a row of ancient weavers’ cottages dating back to the 17th century – it’s a sight to behold!

2. Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Next, we’re heading to Castle Combe, a charming village nestled in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. With its quaint streets lined with historic cottages and its picturesque market square, Castle Combe has been the setting for many period dramas and films. Take a leisurely stroll through the village, stopping to admire the mediaeval church and enjoy a cream tea at one of the local cafes.

3. Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Heading up north, we come to Robin Hood’s Bay, a hidden gem on the North Yorkshire coast. This former fishing village is nestled between rugged cliffs and offers stunning views of the North Sea. Wander along the narrow alleyways and soak in the atmosphere of times gone by, or explore the rock pools and sandy beaches at low tide – there’s plenty to see and do in this charming coastal village.

4. Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Venturing into Wales, we find ourselves in the whimsical village of Portmeirion. Designed in the style of an Italian village, Portmeirion is a riot of colour and architecture, with pastel-coloured buildings, ornate gardens, and stunning views of the estuary. Don’t miss the chance to explore the village’s quirky shops, art galleries, and exotic plant collections – it’s like stepping into a Mediterranean dream!

5. Polperro, Cornwall

Last but certainly not least, we have Polperro, a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall. With its narrow streets, whitewashed cottages, and bustling harbour, Polperro is the epitome of Cornish charm. Spend your days exploring the village’s art galleries and craft shops, or take a boat trip along the coast to see the rugged cliffs and hidden coves – you won’t be disappointed!

So there you have it, folks – five of the best picturesque villages to visit in the UK. Whether you’re craving quaint Cotswold charm, coastal beauty, or Mediterranean flair, there’s a village out there waiting to steal your heart. So pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare to be enchanted by the beauty of rural Britain. Happy exploring!