A secret village in North Yorkshire has been named as one of the best-hidden gems to visit.

Reeth, located 11 miles west of Richmond was featured in the top 50 list of best National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK by HomeToGo.

It comes as the holiday rental company revealed its third annual Hidden Gem Index.

The 2023 guide showcases the nation’s “most stunning” under-the-radar holiday destinations.

Using exclusive search and inventory data, alongside insights as to summer weather, pubs, local activities, and photo-friendliness, HomeToGo ranked the 50 most picturesque, well-appointed, and most importantly, lesser-known destinations in National Parks and AONB.

The experts said: “While all of these small towns and villages are situated in highly sought-after settings, none appear on the list of the 1,000 most-searched destinations for summer via hometogo.co.uk, meaning that travellers need not turn their backs on beloved locales to find fresh inspiration for trips."

“Of the locations that feature, twelve are in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, four in the Peak District National Park, and four in the Norfolk Coast AONB, with many more across the Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Brecon Beacons, and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks."

@bsilvermaverick Lovely day in Reeth ☀️🌳 ⛰🐏#Reeth #yorkshiredales #northyorkshire ♬ Lovely Day - Bill Withers

Also included are South Devon, Causeway Coast, Cotswolds, East Devon, Arnside & Silverdale, Gower, Anglesey, Mourne, and Antrim Coast AONB.

Reeth named among the UK's best-hidden gems

Reeth is most known for its contribution to the lead mining industry, as back in the day it was producing more than 10% of the country’s lead.

There are plenty of options for quaint cottages to stay in and local pubs and restaurants to explore, particularly for those who like a walking adventure.

Yorkshire.com writes: “A natural amphitheatre, surrounded by spectacular scenery and stunning panoramas, Reeth was championed by Ella Pontefract, one of the Yorkshire Dale’s most esteemed authors as ‘a little country in itself’.”

@the.yorkshireman The most peaceful place in all the lands ❤️ Reeth, Yorkshire Dales 📍 #reeth #yorkshiredales #yorkshiredalesnationalpark #beautifulyorkshire #yorkshiretravel #uktravel ♬ Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez

Top 15 hidden gems in the UK

  1. Chipping Campden - Cotswolds AONB
  2. Chipping Campden - Cotswolds AONB
  3. Bala - Snowdonia National Park
  4. Bushmills - Causeway Coast AONB
  5. Edale - Peak District National Park
  6. Edale - Peak District National Park
  7. Boscastle - Cornwall AONB
  8. Braemar - Cairngorms National Park
  9. Kingussie - Cairngorms National Park
  10. Aberdyfi - Snowdonia National Park
  11. Thornham - Norfolk Coast AONB
  12. Saint Mawes - Cornwall AONB
  13. Hartington - Peak District National Park
  14. Holkham - Norfolk Coast AONB
  15. Reeth - Yorkshire Dales National Park

You can see the full list of hidden gems within National Parks and AONB along with individual scores on the HomeToGo website.