Unsurprisingly, some of the most attractive appeal to people who simply love to take photos. They then end up all over Instagram – which in turn inspires more people to go and enjoy the aesthetically-pleasing villages for themselves. It’s the circle of life, or something like that.
Whatever your feelings about Instagram, there’s no denying these are a stunning bunch. Running in descending order, from most Instagrammed (according to the number of live hashtags associated with the destination) to least, here are the 16 most posted-about villages in the UK, from Mousehole in Cornwall to Grasmere in the Lake District.
Located in the Peak District National Park, pretty Castleton is a social media fave thanks to its neat stone cottages, trickling steam and the ruined castle that presides over it all.
5. Grasmere, Cumbria
This popular spot, right on the edge of one of the Lake District’s glassy waters, was praised for its picturesque qualities way before Instagram became a thing. It was once the home (and regular subject-matter) of poet William Wordsworth.
6. Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
Constructed out of classic Cotswold stone, Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its neat bridges and traditional cottages. Known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, it’s regularly voted one of England’s prettiest villages.
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7. Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire
A small fishing village in the North York Moors National Park, Robin Hood’s Bay has narrow, hilly streets tumbling down to the seafront, and a wide sandy beach.
8. Bamburgh, Northumberland
Sat in the shadow of the huge, ancient and incredibly well-preserved Bamburgh Castle, coastal Bamburgh village is all neat stone cottages and smack-in-the-middle-of-nowhere rural vibes.
9. Bibury, Gloucestershire
Bibury looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. The most famous street is Arlington Row, a neat line of stone cottages along the banks of the River Coln that were built in the fourteenth century.
10. Corfe Castle, Dorset
The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle in Dorset sit high above the village of the same name. There you’ll find pubs, B&Bs and tearooms that can trace their history back centuries.
11. Dedham, Essex
Surrounded by Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired painter John Constable, Dedham boasts a pretty pastel high street, cute tea shops and charming churches.