As the bank holiday approaches, motorists have been advised to plan their weekend road trip through some of the most scenic destinations in the UK. 

Packed with charm, serenity and chocolate box thatched houses, many of these small villages are also hubs of bustling communities and independent small businesses, and a "posh" spot in Cumbria made the list.

What makes these villages even more beautiful is the surrounding landscape that dominates the area. 

Whether it's rolling green hills or stunning coastal views, these villages up and down the UK bring a level of peace and tranquillity to all who visit. 

John Charnock, CEO of said: “The UK has some of the prettiest and quaint villages in the world, and motorists should seriously consider making a pit stop through some of these gorgeous destinations as they head out this bank holiday. 

“Over 14 million drivers are expected to hit the roads, so making a detour to stretch your legs and get some fresh air after being stuck in traffic for hours is a good idea. 

“Rather than stopping over in a service station, make the most out of your road trip and have a stroll around some of the most beautiful villages the UK has to offer.” 

Here are StressFreeCarRental’s seven prettiest villages in the UK:

1) Inkberrow, Worcestershire 

This village in the heart of the countryside is lined with chocolate box houses and miles of beautiful walks through the picturesque surroundings. Inkberrow and its surrounding villages are packed full of charm and serenity in rural Worcestershire.

2) East Budleigh, Devon 

Just a few miles from the sea, this quaint village in Devon is an unspoilt beauty. With a rich history and thatched cottages nestled in the rolling hills of the countryside, East Budleigh certainly offers a sense of tranquility to visitors. 

3) Grassington, North Yorkshire 

Surrounded by pretty limestone buildings, Grassington in North Yorkshire features several walking trails around the bordering National Park, with country pubs, independent shops and small cafes surrounding the cobbled streets of the village square.

4) Crovie, Scotland 

Crovie in Aberdeenshire is a small coastal village comprising a single street of houses right on the sea edge.

Cars must be left at the south end of Crovie, making this sweet village a perfect stop-off for those wanting to stretch their legs in the beautiful Scottish countryside. 

5) Solva, Wales

This bustling village lies along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and features sweeping landscapes of the exposed cliff face. A perfect spot for some peace and quiet, Solva has brightly coloured cottages and gorgeous panoramic views. 

6) Broad Campden, Gloucestershire 

This thatched village in the heart of the famed Cotswolds is set in the rolling countryside. Like something from the front of a postcard, Broad Campden is a beautiful village all year round. 

7) Hawkshead, Cumbria 

Hawkshead in Cumbria is a sweet market village featuring rows of white-washed houses with independent shops, boutiques and coffee shops. There is a strong sense of charm throughout the village, lined with cobbled streets and blooming flowers.