Yorkshire dominated the list and it was the small town of Ilkley that has been named the best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times, with Norwich in Norfolk the greatest region
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A tiny town in Yorkshire has been crowned Britain’s best place to live, beating a host of big cities in the process.
Ilkley near Bradford, west Yorkshire, has topped a list of 70 locations in the UK.
The town was praised for its top schools, interesting shops, spectacular scenery and convenient rail links.
Sunday Times judges were also impressed by its sports clubs and opportunities for young people, and by the energetic community spirit.
The guide also includes a list of regional winners, with Norwich in Norfolk coming out on top as the East of England was honored.
The Isle of Bute was identified as the best place to live in Scotland, while Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, was placed top in Wales.
The comprehensive guide is released online on Friday and an edited version will be available in the paper on Sunday.
The Sunday Times’ expert judges assessed a wide range of factors, from schools, transport and broadband to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street.
Helen Davies, the Times and Sunday Times property editor, said: “The Sunday Times Best Places to Live list is necessarily subjective.
“Leave it just to statistics and you will never capture the spirit of a place. For that, you need to visit to take into account that ‘you have to be here’ feeling.
“Is the pub dog-friendly, for example? Can you live car-free? What are the schools and houses like? Is it multicultural and multigenerational, and can it offer a good way of life to lots of different sorts of people?”
She added: “We hope there is something to suit everyone.”
Guide editor Tim Palmer said: “It’s very villagey this year.
“It is partly because since Covid we have been able to travel to more places and look a bit harder at them.
“We haven’t included East Yorkshire this time. We’ve had Beverley in so many times but we feel we’ve said everything there is to say.”
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The Places to Live 2022 regional winners:
- East of England, Norwich, Norfolk
- London, Crystal Palace
- Midlands, Uppingham, Rutland
- Northern Ireland, Ballycastle, County Antrim
- North and North East, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire
- North West, Trawden, Lancashire
- Scotland, Isle of Bute, Argyll
- South East, Sevenoaks, Kent
- South West, The Chalke Valley, Wiltshire
- Wales, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.