The latest edition of the Sunday Times featured, in the Home section, a selection considered to be ‘The 50 Best Villages in the UK’.
The list was compiled by Tim Palmer, who wrote that ‘Post-pandemic, place is more important than ever, and we are prepared to pay a premium to live in a village or village-style location’. He goes on to comment on the fact that not all villages are equal and only a select few have it all. To make the list a village had to provide attractive houses, good connections, a decent school and friendly neighbours who come together at the pub, shop and village hall. I think Tim has summed up our village perfectly.
The canopy of magnificent old trees lining the historic main street of Walkington has a secret feel, which is appropriate enough in a corner of the country that remains under the radar. It’s an attractive spot, with a substantial duck pond and a jumble of red-brick and whitewashed houses; the modern ones are mostly tucked out of sight. As well as a large shop, there are two good pubs, a primary school (rated “good” by Ofsted) and a village hall buzzing with keep-fit classes and mother-and-toddler groups. This is a busy place, but if bowls, badminton, cricket, book groups and boot sales aren’t enough, the grand old town of Beverley (and its famous grammar school) is a ten-minute drive away. Tim Palmer The Sunday Times 12th September 2021