selected by travel writer Brigid Benson
- Totnes, Devon
Teeming with stylish independent shops, handsome architecture and delicious places to eat and drink.
- Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
This Bohemian town oozes character. Brass bands, canal boats and markets add to the mix.
- St Ives, Cornwall
Washed by ethereal light, St Ives has long inspired artists. The sandy beaches and harbour are a hub of colourful activity.
- Whitstable, Kent
Oysters, fresh fish, mussels and fishing boats make Whitstable special.
- Oban, Argyll and Bute
Walk up to the hilltop folly of McCaig’s Tower for panoramic views, or sip a wee dram of whisky at the harbourside.
- Bridport, Dorset
Bridport celebrates the high quality of local food producers at bustling markets and an annual food festival.
- Narberth, Pembrokeshire
The colourful paintbox town of Narberth is a historic meeting place, where drovers traded sheep and cattle.
- Church Stretton, Shropshire
The arts festival hosts events throughout town, while the walking festival invites ramblers to discover the area.
- Peebles, Scottish Borders
Delightful riverside walks and fine Victorian architecture.
- Whitby, North Yorkshire
Traditionally smoked kippers, a ruined abbey associated with Dracula and the Magpie Café, famous for fish and chips.
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