10 of Britain’s prettiest moorland villages | Journey
Selworthy, Exmoor, Somerset
With sweeping views to Dunkery Beacon – the very best level on Exmoor – Selworthy is an excellent place to go to. Sunshine-yellow thatched cottages, many owned by the Nationwide Belief, mild up the village inexperienced. The Periwinkle tearoom serves cake and cream teas, and the reward store is full of native crafts. Exterior the village you’ll discover epic walks via the 12,000-acre Holnicote Property: woodland behind the medieval church takes you over streams, via wooded combes, previous Exmoor ponies to Selworthy Beacon. From there you’ll have commanding views of Exmoor on one aspect and on the opposite the slopes of south Wales throughout the Bristol Channel. Keep within the coronary heart of the village on the Nineteenth-century Selworthy Farmhouse: it sleeps 9, excellent for big household teams.
From £1,399 for seven nights; nationaltrust.org.uk. For someplace smaller, there’s Ivy’s Cottage, which sleeps two and is correct on the village inexperienced. From £599 for seven nights; nationaltrust.org.uk
Altarnun, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
A small village on the northern fringe of Bodmin Moor – one in all Cornwall’s wildest landscapes – Altarnun is steeped in historical past, with a medieval packhorse bridge and the gorgeous, Fifteenth-century church of St Nonna, often called the Cathedral of the Moors. That is great strolling nation, with a number of round routes from the village out on to open moorland, taking within the relics of medieval tin workings and prehistoric roundhouses. The Rising Solar provides hearty sandwiches and Sunday roasts, and the Previous Dairy – an enthralling self-catering cottage sleeping 4 – makes a perfect base.
One week from £686; traditional.co.uk
Downham, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire
Regardless of its title, the Forest of Bowland is an space of peat moorland and gritstone fells, with Pendle Hill rising up like an enormous wave. Tucked beneath Pendle, the beautiful village of Downham is an unspoilt gem, with a effervescent brook working via the centre and previous the inexperienced, flanked by picturesque, stone-built cottages. Pop into the knowledge centre for maps of native strolling trails to Clitheroe Fort, Sawley Abbey and up on to Pendle Hill itself, and reward your self post-walk with a go to to the Downham Ice Cream Store. Keep at Greendale Glamping, which provides B&B and glamping pods.
Doubles from £110 B&B; glampingatgreendale.co.uk
Thornton le Dale, North York Moors
The outdated market cross – full with shares – kinds the center of this picture-perfect village, which is greatest accessed alongside a stunning woodland footpath from the principle automotive park. Youngsters will love the character path that runs via the streets, and options tree carvings, hedgehog and chook packing containers and a bug lodge. The Lavender Tea Rooms are an ideal place to cease for tea and cake. Alternatively, decide up a picnic hamper and comply with the route throughout the valley to the tiny hamlet of Ellerburn and its historic Saxon church. Keep on the Grange Guesthouse, an enthralling family-run B&B.
Doubles from £105 B&B; thegrangeguesthouse.com
Castleton, Peak District
The historic village of Castleton makes a perfect base for exploring each side of the Peak District – the rugged moorland plateaux of the northern Darkish Peak and the softer, rolling hills of the southern White Peak. The village is most well-known for its present caves, which glitter with stalactites and Blue John – a teal-blue, semi-precious stone. Above floor, the lattice of streets is dotted with reward outlets and tearooms, with the imposing ruins of Peveril Fort looming down from the hillside above. Keep on the Cheshire Cheese Inn, a conventional pub with rooms within the coronary heart of the village.
Doubles from £100 B&B, cheshirecheeseinn.co.uk
Lustleigh village, Dartmoor
Typically known as Dartmoor’s prettiest village, Lustleigh is a chocolate-box confection of thatched- roof cottages set round a triangular village inexperienced. The disused railway line has been transformed into strolling trails, with a number of different footpaths main straight from the village up on to the moors. To the west, the ridge of Lustleigh Cleave provides spectacular views over Dartmoor, with the iron age fort of Hunter’s Tor on the northern finish. For a post-walk pint, retire to the Cleave Inn, an enthralling Fifteenth-century inn providing easy however snug rooms.
Two-night breaks from £150 B&B; thecleavelustleigh.co.uk
Monksilver, Exmoor, Somerset
Set on the jap fringe of the nationwide park, Monksilver is an enthralling small village – residence to the smallest parish council within the nation – that makes a superb base for locating the moors on foot or bike. The long-distance Coleridge Means runs via the village, whereas Cleeve Abbey and the West Somerset Railway, which runs via 20 miles of wonderful countryside, are shut by. Village life centres on the traditional, thatched-roof pub, the Notley, which additionally provides six snug, dog-friendly rooms and dinners that take advantage of Exmoor’s wealthy native produce.
Doubles from £157 B&B; notleyarmsinn.co.uk
Hutton le Gap, North York Moors
Hutton owes its title to its location – the picturesque clutch of stone cottages is ready in a pure hole between the limestone headlands of the Tabular Hills, surrounded by pleasant strolling and biking trails. The village itself has a lot to supply – the open- air Ryedale People Museum homes greater than 20 reconstructed historic buildings, whereas the craft workshops provide the possibility to look at native artisans creating all the things from glassware and ceramics to chocolate and candles. Drop in for lunch on the Forge Tea Room, and keep at The Crown, which has three stylish rooms, every with a kitchen and personal terrace.
Doubles from £110 room-only, crownhuttonlehole.com
North Bovey, Dartmoor
Regardless of being one in all Dartmoor’s most picturesque villages, North Bovey stays comparatively quiet, due to the slim, twisty roads that result in it. This can be a place to flee the crowds, with beautiful strolling trails and bridle paths close by, whereas youngsters will love the miniature pony centre, only a quick drive away. Golfers can check their abilities on the difficult 18-hole course on the Bovey Fort property (which additionally provides a world-class spa on the Bovey Fort lodge), however hold the country Dartmoor really feel by staying on the Ring of Bells, a traditional nation pub.
Doubles from £170 B&B together with £35 dinner allowance, ringofbells.web)
Kinloch Rannoch, Perth and Kinross
One of many wildest corners of the UK, Rannoch Moor is a brooding swathe of blanket lavatory, lochans, rivers and rocky outcrops, land that gives a rare feeling of escape. Kinloch Rannoch lies on the jap finish of Loch Rannoch, offering the possibility to get out on the water, in addition to on to the dramatic moorland. Rannoch station – one of the vital distant within the UK – is eighteen miles’ drive, and makes a superb central spot for a day’s exploring, with a tea room on website. Or keep on the luxurious Loch Rannoch lodge, with a top-notch spa.
Doubles from £157.50; lochrannochhotel.com