A RIBBLE Valley village has been named in the top 101 ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’.
Whalley has been named in part one of The Sunday Times’ annual supplement which is published today.
The guide combines data and statistics including crime rates, house prices and school performance.
The places were selected for offering the ‘best quality of life’ to the widest number of people, and combining desirable features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services and attractive outdoor spaces.
The village is the area listed from East Lancashire, and one of only 10 from the North West.
Terry Hill, who represents Whalley on the borough council, said: “It’s a lovely village and it truly deserves it’s place on the list.
“It’s a fantastic place and it’s unique and has a great community.
“Whalley is a mystical place and is a beautiful residental area to live but also has character.
“It has rich history and very nice people.”
Whalley resident Nick Walker, said: “I think that it’s a lovely place to live.
“It has a wonderful sense of community and has a lot of places of interest that brings people to the village.
“It really thrives on its tourism.
“The extra houses that have been approved for the village could ruin the village however and it might be included in the 101 worst places to live list in ten years time.”
Matt Monk, from Whalley Wine Shop, said: “I think it’s a fantastic village and it seems to have a bit of everything.
“It’s in a beautiful setting and has some great walks just nearby.
“It has great places to eat and really nice people as well.”
Martin Smith, from F.A Butchers, said: “It’s a lovely place to live and has really nice people.
“It’s picturesque and has great transport links.
“It’s good because there are a lot of facilities here and yet we are in the country.
“I’m not surprised that it has been included on the list because it’s such as nice place.”
Home editor Helen Davies said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages.
“We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.”