12 East Riding villages so beautiful you’ll want to move there straight away

These villages are beautiful, with quaint cottages, stunning countryside, village ponds and cosy pubs.

1) Millington

Millington is located in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, about three miles north-east of Pocklington.

The main street in Millington
The main street in Millington (Image: Martin Limon)

It is real rambler country, with woodland walks aplenty in the local nature reserve of Millington Wood. Relax and enjoy a hearty meal at the village’s Gait Inn, or stop off at the popular Ramblers’ Rest tearooms.

Average house price: £264,353

2) Lund

The East Riding village of Lund
The East Riding village of Lund (Image: Jim Mitchell)

An attractive village about six miles from Beverley, Lund boasts the grade two listed church of All Saints and its market place has the remains of a market cross, which used to be the focus for selling goods every Thursday in Lent.

Second World War airman John Fancy, who was born in the village, inspired the book and film The Great Escape, due to his many attempts at escape from German captivity.

Average house price: £181,079

3) Goodmanham

Goodmanham Road, Goodmanham, showing a whitewashed 17th century cottage
Goodmanham Road, Goodmanham, showing a whitewashed 17th century cottage (Image: Martin Limon)

Two miles to the north-east of Market Weighton is Goodmanham, which has at its heart the award-winning Goodmanham Arms, a traditional Yorkshire pub serving real ales and home-cooked food, and displaying vintage motorbikes and memorabilia.

Goodmanham is on the route of the Wolds Way, from Hessle to Filey, and offers scenic local walks.

Average house price: £210,967

4) Bishop Burton

A view of Bishop Burton in East Yorkshire
A view of Bishop Burton in East Yorkshire (Image: Peter Harbour)

Central to the historic village of Bishop Burton is a pond, known as The Mere, where the listed war memorial, which is built on a peninsula, reflects evocatively in the water.

In a field to the east of the village, which is about three miles west of Beverley, is one of the medieval stone boundary markers for the sanctuary of Saint John of Beverley that is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Average house price: £218,039

5) North Newbald

Galegate Mews, North Newbald
Galegate Mews, North Newbald (Image: Richard Addison)

Newbald (Anglo Saxon for new building) is the archetypal English village, with its large green surrounded by pretty stone houses and two pubs.

The village, less than four miles from Market Weighton, is home to the fine Norman church of St Nicholas and a beck runs in front of the houses in Eastgate, which each have their own private bridge crossing.

Average house price: £210,967

6) Walkington

A view of Walkington
A view of Walkington (Image: Peter Harbour)

Walkington, about three miles from Beverley, has two churches – All Hallows and the Methodist church – three pubs and a shop/post office to support village life.

Walkington pond is the location for a Christmas tradition stretching back more than 50 years – carols, music and a visit by Father Christmas have become an established, enchanting feature of the community’s festivities.

Average house price: £218,039

7) Swanland

The village pond in Swanland
The village pond in Swanland (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

The attractive village, seven miles to the west of Hull, boomed during the 18th and 19th centuries when rich residents of the city began to dream of a place in the country; a legacy that remains in Swanland’s Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Focused around a picturesque pond, with facilities including a village hall, Swanland was ranked fifth nationally in the 2014 Family Hotspots Report for factors including very low crime rates and above average Key Stage Two and Four results.

Average house price: £348,420.

8) Kirk Ella and West Ella

View of Church Lane, from Packman Lane, in Kirk Ella
View of Church Lane, from Packman Lane, in Kirk Ella (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

Located on the eastern edge of the Wolds, these neighbouring villages – forming a civil parish – were once part of “Hullshire”, a county created in 1440 by Henry VI. Around six miles to the west of Hull, both retain imprints of their long history.

Listed buildings in West Ella include those which were given a gothic-style makeover during the 19th century by the Sykes family of Sledmere, with areas including Church Lane and Packman Lane in Kirk Ella designated a conservation area.

Average house price: £216,772

9) Welton

A reflection of Welton Church
A reflection of Welton Church (Image: David Gibson)

The great outdoors is just one part of the attraction of Welton, with activities including dinghy sailing and windsurfing at Welton Waters.

Positioned around a mile from Brough, landmarks include St Helen’s Church – restored during the 19th century by the famed architect George Gilbert Scott.

Average house price: £242,338

10) Brantingham

All Saints Church at Brantingham
All Saints Church at Brantingham (Image: Martin Limon)

Popular with foodies for the seasonal dishes at The Triton Inn – a former coaching inn on the road west from Hull – it’s also popular with walkers for the lung-busting gradient of Spout Hill, which offers views of the Vale of York from the top.

Around two miles from Brough, notable houses in the village include the 18th century Brantingham Hall.

Average house price: £242,338

11) Cherry Burton

The Bay Horse at Cherry Burton
The Bay Horse at Cherry Burton (Image: Hull Daily Mail)

There’s plenty of sporting activities in this attractive village, positioned around three miles from Beverley. The community use Sportsfield, situated off The Meadows, includes all weather tennis courts, two football pitches and a cricket square.

Known for landmarks including St. Michael and All Angels Church, with stained glass from the Victorian studio of Charles Kemp – who also worked on York Minster – Cherry Burton also holds the distinction of becoming the first Fairtrade village in East Yorkshire in 2003.

Average house price: £218,039

12) Huggate

A view of Huggate, with the spire of St Mary's in the background
A view of Huggate, with the spire of St Mary’s in the background (Image: Martin Limon)

Walkers have long known about Huggate – the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail passes by the village. Presided over by St Mary’s church, its 14th-century tower and spire is difficult to miss, this Wolds village is around nine miles to the west of Driffield.

Average house price: £264,353

*Average house prices are based on the period January to June 2017


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