The cliffside village where donkeys are used for transport that’s been named one of England’s most beautiful

We’re now entering August, which is known for hot and sunny weather.

What better way to spend this (hopefully) summery month other than exploring some of the most beautiful villages England has to offer?

Clovelly, in Devon, is a beautiful cliffside village four hours from London where – wait for it – donkeys are used for transport.

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Yes, really – the village sounds like something from a 19th century story book, however it seems to be reality.

In fact, Clovelly has been named one of England’s most beautiful villages!

The ancient fishing village is uniquely special due to its traditional architecture, donkeys and views over the Bristol Channel, which attract endless tourists.

You can explore Clovelly’s vast number attractions such as Clovelly beach, where you can relax by the seaside, or if you’re in a mood for a stroll you can take a walk in the unusual village.

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You’ll spot plenty of donkeys on your visit

Clovelly village is incredible steep, and visitors have to walk on slippery cobblestones – but you do get to see some of the scenic views the village has to offer.

From the Elizabethan time Clovelly has been privately owned, which is what has helped preserve its original atmosphere – but it means it’s not free to enter.

But for just £8.25 for adults, £4.80 for children or £22.25 for a family, visitors can enter the village and walk in the main street which offers an array of pubs and cafes where you can stop for refreshments and food.

You can then wander over to look out to sea and even get to play with the donkeys in their stables!

Why the donkeys? This is because the village clings to a 400 foot cliff, so it has no vehicle traffic, the only real method to get around is by donkeys and sledges!

This lovely little place is vitally important to our history due to the historic British architecture visible in the village.

In fact the historic village was once owned by the Queen of England! It’s atmosphere remains rich and cheerful, as visitors will trot around little passageways, going past endless pretty cottages.

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A view from the quay

You can get lost in the village’s winding lanes and soak up the picturesque settings of the tiny village.

Clovelly is open all year round and in summer months is open from 9am to 6pm, so visit today and experience British Summer in its purest form.

For more information on the unique place see the VisitDevon website.

How to get there

The journey is a long four hours from areas of West London such as Hounslow, but we definitely think it’s worth it for a unique weekend away.

You’ll get to drive past Stonehenge along the A303 and through other quaint market towns in Somerset, so it’s hardly a boring journey – you could even stop off for a night on the way!

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