03 charming, tiny villages in England to visit in your campervan or motorhome  May 3rd, 2019

 

If your next holiday itinerary includes stops at a pretty village or two, you’ll soon find out that the most picturesque villages lay off the beaten path. This smallest and the best of them lay hidden, which preserves the timeless atmosphere. Ensure you pack in an atlas or road map as sat-nav and GPS devices tend to go right past the best locations. English back roads demand a slower pace of travel so sit back and enjoy your journey. Rushing is no longer an option. Ask the local tourist information centres for the most scenic route and abstain from referring to the small towns and villages as quaint as many locals find the word distasteful and downright condescending.

 

Clovelly, Devon

 

The village of Clovelly was once a bustling fishing port. Records of the town trace back to the Domesday Book. Over the following 800 years, Clovelly would be owned by just three families; the most recent is the Hamlyn family who has held the village and its surrounding areas since 1738. The town is home to 300 residents and features 83 pastel-hued cottages that steep down 400 feet to the seawaters of the North Devon Coast. The village maintains a strict no car policy from6:30 p.m. to 9:a.m. owing to its delicate positioning. The town provides an enjoyable day out and contains two museums, craft workshops, and a few craft and gift shops.

 

Lacock Village, Wiltshire

 

If the traditional village of Lacock looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Downton Abbey, The Other Boleyn Girl, or Pride and Prejudice. Lacock is set three miles from Chippenham and maintained by the National Trust. It’s easy to forget that a community of 1,100 residents actually work and live here. The village is a dream to walk through and contains many tea rooms, local shops, and a hotel with a pub. The admission fee covers the cost to the 800-year old Abbey which was used as a house since the 1540s, the 16th-century Tithe Barn and Fox Talbot Museum.
William Fox Talbot completed the technique of preserving negative so photographs could be duplicated. The Fox Talbot Museum was created at his house in honour of his work and displays permanent and temporary exhibitions of early and modern photography.

 

Kersey, Suffolk

 

As tiny as the village of Kersey is, it is also a magical location to visit. The town was once a prominent and wealthy Suffolk wool town however the importation of lighter, cheaper fabric from the Netherlands eliminated the industry. The village contains a few side streets, a collection of pink-hued timber-framed houses dating back to the 13th-century and a village pub created in 1378! Kersey is home to just 350 residents and contains a village church on a hill that offers stunning views of the entire village.
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