Beautiful Small Villages and Towns in UK by Admin · May 31, 2021 Rievaulx is a small village in Rye Dale within the North York Moors National Park near Helmsley in North Yorkshire and is located in what was the inner court of Rievaulx Abbey, close to the River Rye. Rievaulx Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in the north of England, founded in 1132 by twelve monks from Clairvaux Abbey. Lovely, thatched and half-timbered cottages line the streets of Wherwell…looking like something out of a magical storybook. The villages name derives from its bubbling springs resulting in the Middle Ages place name “Hwerwyl” noted in AD 955, meaning “cauldron springs.” The delightful Beddgelert village and community in the Snowdonia area of Gwynedd, Wales has a population of just 455! The village is reputed to be named after the legendary dog Gelert…the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great. Like a picture from a fairytale? Arlington Row was originally built in the late 14th century as a monastic wool store. It was later converted in the 17th century into a row of weavers’ cottages. The cottages are lived in by tenants although you can book a holiday in number 9 (via the National Trust). This picturesque village is populated by tea rooms, traditional pubs and surrounded by lush rolling countryside. Ripon is a cathedral city in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is located at the confluence of two tributaries of the River Ure, the Laver and Skell. The cobbled Mermaid Street in Rye, lined with delightful Georgian and half-timbered houses. The Mermaid Inn originally dates back to 1156. The Ypres Tower, 1249 – was built to defend the town from the French!The French would regularly attack or raid Rye. In 1377, one particular assault resulted in the complete desolation of the town. The bells from St Mary’s Church were stolen on this occasion but the men of Rye sought revenge. The following year, the men set sail to Normandy and recovered the bells – one of which was subsequently hung in Watchbell Street, to give warning of any future attack Wendens Ambo is a small village in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. Its unusual name, Ambo being the Latin for “both,” originates from the merging of two originally separate villages called Wenden Magna (Great Wenden) and Wenden Parva (Little Wenden). Wherwell is a beautiful village on the River Test in Hampshire, England. Picturesque thatched cottages line the roads of this historic part of Hampshire.The village is steeped in history with stories of exiled Queens taking refuge here. The local Inn, The White Lion, has been serving travellers since 1612! Kettlewell is a village in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, England. The village has 17th and 18th century houses, including the vicarage. The church, St Mary’s, as we see it today was rebuilt during the 19th century and stands on a site that dates back to 1120 when the (Norman) de Arches family established a church here.Every August the village hosts a scarecrow festival where scarecrows dressed up as different characters are placed around the village! This was once the main route in and out of Dartmouth before roads existed for wheeled traffic. Ponies were used to carry passengers up and down the steps. The town contains many medieval and Elizabethan streetscapes and is a patchwork of narrow lanes and stone stairways. A significant number of the historic buildings are listed!