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pretty , small villages near London

Spending a week in London in late April. Would like to also vist an interesting, quaint, scenic, small village in the country that is reachable by train or bus for a day trip. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: pretty , small villages near London

Not many small villages have railyway stations and good public transport. From my experience you can try a couple of the lage village/small town

Henley,Berks London Paddington via Tywford

Great Missendedn, Buckinghamshire on the London Marleybone-Aylesbury line

Berkhampsted ,Hertfordshire on London Euston-Milton Keynes line

Godalming Surrey Waterloo-Portsmouth line

Haslemere, Surrey further down the above line

hope this helps.


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3. Re: pretty , small villages near London

I agree about Rye. And from there, if you have the time you could continue down the coast to somewhere like Eastbourne. It's probably best when the tide is high even though it's inland.

Rob's suggestions are also good.

Edited: 27 January 2013, 18:23
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4. Re: pretty , small villages near London

Have a look at this very recent thread:


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5. Re: pretty , small villages near London

It's not a village, but about an hour or so away is Brighton, with great train connections. I would highly recommend that for a day trip. Great shopping, beach, food and people. Loads to see and do

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6. Re: pretty , small villages near London

Although a bit rushed, some pretty Cotswolds villages can be done on a day trip if you only have 1 week in England. There is direct train service from London to Moreton-in-Marsh, from where you can take buses to Bourton on the water and the slaughters.:-)

Edited: 27 January 2013, 18:37
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7. Re: pretty , small villages near London

Probably the village with the most trains stopping at it is Manningtree on the Essex/Suffolk border. This is because Manningtree is where people can change for Harwich, and nearly all the trains on the London (Liverpool Street) to Norwich Line stop there, meaning about two or three trains an hour. Journey time about an hour. Manningtree is at the edge of Constable Country, and there are some pretty walks from there:


There are also frequent trains from London to the village of Kelveden in Essex. It's an easy walk from Kelveden to the pretty neighbouring village of Coggeshall.

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8. Re: pretty , small villages near London

Henley-on-Thames is actually in Oxfordshire, not Berkshire. It's quite picturesque, but it's a definite town rather than a village. I wouldn't rule out towns though. They're often as attractive as villages and have better transport options.

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Shoreham in Kent is a possibility (NOT Shoreham-on Sea). Slowish trains but still less than an hour from Central London. The village is celebrated in the paintings of Samuel Palmer.

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10. Re: pretty , small villages near London

How about Pangbourne on the River Thames, by train from Paddington?