Hampshire on the south coast is pretty rural county, like its neighbour, Dorset.
It also has a diverse range of villages, from the wooded hamlets of the New Forest, to the old fisherman villages on the coast.
Here, then, is our pick of the best of these villages (click next to go to each one):
Wherwell is a village on the River Test. The name may derive from its bubbling springs resulting in the Middle Ages place name “Hwerwyl” noted in AD955, possibly meaning “kettle springs” or “cauldron springs.
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