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6 of Britain’s friendliest neighbourhoods

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Posted Aug 26 2014, Posted By James Hood

According to a survey carried out by comparethemarket.com only one quarter of us would think about making an effort getting to know our neighbours – shocking isn’t it? The good news is that all is not lost, and there are plenty of areas where the jolly residents will smile at you in the street or may even give you a muffin basket when you move in.

From the research, it seems there are a few factors that create friendly areas to live. They include pubs, churches, fish and chip shops and schools.

Obviously, it’s a tough call to choose (or miss out) particular areas because some people might think they live in a really friendly place. Never the less here are a few that made the list, where you can be pretty certain of a warm welcome.

Keswick, Cumbria
Stunning countryside, double-fronted properties and Victorian terraces make this a really pretty place. With tourists visiting in their droves, much of the economy here is driven by visitors, so you can expect a warm welcome from locals and business owners.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Yorkshire folk are some of the nicest you’ll find anywhere in the world. And here in Harrogate residents have a lot to smile about. Pretty towns like Knaresborough are just a stone’s throw away and the picturesque scenery would make even the most hardworking Londoner feel chilled.

Taunton, Somerset
Well known for great cider (perhaps that’s why everyone’s so friendly), here you’ll find a rather big cricket ground and plenty of shops, restaurants and businesses. Both chocolate box-style country cottages and charming Victorian terrace houses make this a desirable part of the country to live in.

Plymouth, Devon
A survey by Virgin Money found Plymouth to be the most bicycle-friendly place in the country – which is always good for quality of life isn’t it? A large student population brings down the age demographic and being on the water seems to cheer people up too.

Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell
There are centuries-old parts of Clerkenwell that are definitely worth exploring. With a Dickensian style, people here tend to really love the place and its rich history. With plenty of trade and businesses about, it’s easy to fall for the place, which combines character with all the action you’d expect of London.

Northcote Road, Battersea
This place has been nicknamed ‘Nappy Valley’, giving you some indication of the typical resident. Mums enjoy coffees, lunches a spot of shopping in this relaxed, safe and friendly neighbourhood – perfect for some daytime ‘r and r’.

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