I visited one of the UK's prettiest villages - but was stunned by one thing

Hutton-le-Hole, Ryedale, North York Moors, England
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While the rest of the UK was enjoying a sunny day, we found ourselves navigating through dense fog as we journeyed into the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Intrigued by its reputation as the north's most beautiful village and the UK's second best, I decided to take my husband and daughter on a 30-minute trip to a nearby village.

Our home region is rich with picturesque villages and market towns - from Great Ayton, once home to Captain James Cook, to Yarm, boasting one of the country's most stunning High Streets. So, Hutton-le-Hole had a lot to live up to before we even arrived.

But, wow... As soon as we spotted the first ivy-clad house, it was clear why this place had garnered such praise. With its charming brook - the site of an annual local duck race - its quaint central pub, and vast village green, it was the epitome of the idyllic village many dream of.

So, like any typical Brits, we settled down in the now sun-drenched pub garden and ordered a pint, reports the Express.

To provide some context, Hutton-le-Hole feels quite isolated. It's a mere five minutes away from the highest pub on the Moors, renowned for its snow-induced lock-ins.

Despite its remote charm and the complete absence of phone reception, you find yourself right in the heart of the North York Moors National Parka magnet for walkers worldwide. Within a mere 30 minutes, you can also reach the beautiful seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough, not to mention the historic city of York.

While enjoying the picturesque setting of the village with an ice-cold glass of white wine in handYorkshire stone houses clustered around a shimmering stream, a single road slicing through the centrethe peace was suddenly shattered by the incessant roar of motorbikes.

Initially, it seemed like a one-off event, perhaps a tour group passing through Hutton. However, every few minutes, another group of motorbikes thundered through, disrupting the tranquillity.

Wondering if others were as taken aback by this as I was, I decided to consult Jake Leonard, 51, the landlord of The Crown Inn, who has been at the helm for over a decade.

'It's a pleasure to wake up here'.

Amid serving drinks to his regulars, Jake shared his thoughts on why the village has become such a focal point.

He explained: "It's got to be the location - we are on the edge of the North York Moors in the middle of nowhere and if the sun's out it's like an ant's nest. It's a pleasure to wake up here every day."

Jake mentions that the village attracts visitors from across the globe, including Americans and Germans. He has a positive view on the presence of motorbikes in the area, saying, "I embrace it," The village is also a favourite spot for vintage car enthusiasts, with clubs such as Aston Martin and MG enjoying drives through the area.

Recently, Jake hosted around 60 Harley Davidson riders for "tea and biscuits."

Caroline Edwards, 53, along with her husband Gareth, 52, manage The Barn Guesthouse and Tearoom, located near the pub. They moved to the village about eight and a half years ago.

Caroline expressed her affection for the village: "We fell in love with this village," she said, adding, "we have lived all over the country and this is one of the best views we have ever had."

Caroline believes the village's appeal lies in its traditional charm. She explained, "Personally I think it's still very traditional," noting that local children and their parents often play at the nearby stream for entertainment.

Many older visitors reminisce that the village remains unchanged from their childhood, with Caroline recounting that they often say "it's just how I remember it."

Regarding the motorbikes, she commented on their unusual presence that morning: "That was quite unusual," she noted.

One minor issue that guests frequently inquire about is the lack of mobile phone signal in the village. Caroline sees this as a benefit, promoting it as an opportunity to "It's a positive. We promote it as [you can] 'get away from it all'.One frequent visitor to Hutton-le-Hole is Stuart Maxwell, 56, from Grimsby, who has been making the two hour drive to the tiny village for 20 years.He had just one remark for me: ".

Stuart Maxwell, 56, from Grimsby, is a regular visitor to Hutton-le-Hole. He has travelled two hours for the past 20 years, just to see the tiny but attractively picturesque village.

His only comment to me was: "It's beautiful." And truly, it is! Including the motorbikes.