These stunning areas are among the most photographed scenery in the United Kingdom – and it’s easy to see why.
The picturesque cottages of Arlington Row are located in the acclaimed Cotswold village of Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Built in 1380 as a monastic wool store and converted into cottages for weavers in the 17th Century, the row attracts big crowds of visitors, especially in Spring and Summer.
The street is a notable architectural conservation area that is shown on the inside cover of all United Kingdom passports.
When we wandered through the cottages, the beauty of the location was enhanced by the backdrop of the bubbling River Coln and Bibury’s stone bridge.
We were amazed at the low level of some of the cottage floors that were well below the height of the roadway outside. It’s a real case of ‘mind the gap’.
Bibury is about 83.4 miles – or one-hour-and-42 minutes -from London via the M40 and A40. The trip takes about three-and-a-half hours by bus from London’s Victoria Coach Station and about three-hours-and-50 minutes by train.
Gold Hill is a stunning cobbled street at Shaftesbury, Dorset – often described as “one of the most romantic sights in England.
The view down the Hill over Dorset’s Blackmoor Vale appears on the covers of many books and is a popular film and TV setting.
Shaftesbury is about two-hours by car from London and about two-hours-and-37 minutes by train.
Of course, everyone seems to have their favourite English villages and readers will know of our liking for Denham in Southern Buckinghamshire – and its wonderful 16th Century Falcon Inn – as well as the Gower villages in Wales, Lacock in Wiltshire, Painswick in Gloucestershire, Stamford in Lincolnshire and Port Isaac in Cornwall.
See our report on Denham and its location close to London – yet a world away.
But we will also touch on a few more of our preferred English villages in coming months – so Follow us to see if your favourites are mentioned.