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Devon’s ‘prettiest village’

Quick link to Devon’s prettiest villages.

Having blogged our selections for Cornwall’s prettiest village on Feb 25th of this year, this is a second blog post in a series outlining what we believe to be the prettiest villages in counties and regions across the UK.  Having started in the south west corner of the UK, the next natural choice is the county of Devon.

Devon’s home to some of the most varied landscape in England. From high moors to huge Atlantic-facing beaches, steep wooded valleys to rolling countryside, the Devon landscape’s remarkable. Within this remarkable countryside are some extraordinarily beautiful villages:

Bigbury-on-Sea – most famous for its views of Burgh Island and the internationally famous Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel, Bigbury-on-Sea is in a superb location. Head east on the South West Coast Path past Bantham Beach to Thurlestone. An amazing stretch of coastline.

Widecombe-in-the-Moor – in the east of Dartmoor National Park and home to the ‘Cathedral of the Moors’, Widecombe’s a beautiful moorland village. The local walking and riding are superb.

Clovelly – one of the UK’s most famous and well visited fishing villages. Built into steep coastline on The Hartland Peninsula, it gets very crowded in high season.

Lynmouth – up on the Exmoor National Park coast looking out across the Bristol Channel, Lynmouth is a cracker. Walk the South West Coast Path here or head inland to the National Trust’s Watersmeet.

Mortehoe – at the northern end of Morte Bay, an extremely pretty village offering great access to the massive sand beaches of North Devon. Exmoor’s not far to the east.

Beer – one of our UK favourites. Unique, quirky and exceptionally beautiful. Take the South West Coast Path west towards Branscombe. Magical place.

East Portlemouth – this village is across The Kingsbridge Salcombe Estuary from Salcombe. When the sun’s out, it’s sublime. Great sandy beaches.

Belstone – gateway to the high moors of Dartmoor National Park, Belstone is built next to the gorgeous Belstone Cleave.

Torcross – in South Devon, at the southern end of a massive shingle beach looking out across Start Bay. Perfect for a weekend getaway.

Lydford – this village is in the west of Dartmoor National Park and is known for its National Trust gorge. There’s an English Heritage castle, too.

Again, as is the case with every post in this series, if you have other recommendations then please add them below or @picturetheuk on Twitter. Better still, send us some photographs and we’ll add them to our site.

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Top 10 Recommended London Museums

One of the team here, James White, has spent the last year or so researching and photographing attractions and destinations in London.

Now that we have tens of thousands of London images and detailed research, we’re beginning the process of writing our London summary guides and adding London attractions to PictureTheUK. Each summary guide and attraction is linked to Google Maps and lists local attractions and accommodation.

To give you an idea of our approach to this content, take a look at our Top 10 Recommended Museums in London. Each suggestion is accompanied by photographs, summary information, geo-location on Google Maps and lists of local attractions and local accommodation.

It’s our aim to have comprehensive London information on PictureTheUK by this summer.

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