Your next step: Top 5 retirement destinations in the UK

Pensioners across the UK now have more disposable income and assets than ever before thanks to the way the market has improved in the last few years, pushing up the price of their homes and giving them a great opportunity to make a strong return.A recent report published by Johan Utterman, who runs the Lombard Odier Golden Age fund, said that more than two million over-60s in the UK now have £1 million in total wealth, inclusive of their property value.

What this means, of course, is that when you retire, you have the chance to sell up and take advantage of the freedom that comes with not having to work anymore. You can sell your house quickly to Quick Move Now, unlocking the equity within it without hassle and without having to find a seller, giving you the money you need to move home and find your retirement haven.

So the world is your oyster after you’ve sold, but where do you want to move to in order to make the most of your retirement? Quick Move Now takes a look at some of the best places to call home…

Craven, North Yorkshire

Market towns are great places for older residents to move to, giving you the chance to meet like-minded people and enjoy the character and rural lifestyle you might have missed out on in your working life.

Skipton, High Bentham and Settle sit in the Yorkshire Dales, and all offer great access to wonderful countryside days out like the iconic three peaks Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in Ribblesdale.

West Devon

Okehampton, Chagford and Princetown are just a few of the areas you might want to move to in West Devon, all of which come with fantastic natural destinations nearby and a range of exciting things to do within the towns themselves.

Dartmoor National Park and the Tamar Valley are wonderful for walks, while Tavistock Wharf theatre is perfect for film and theatre. Other cultural highlights in the town include the likes of Baring Gould Folk Festival and a range of ideal locations for the budding angler to discover an exciting new hobby.

Eden, Cumbria

The name Eden almost says it all, but there are few places in the UK that will offer you a wonderful serenity like you will find in this area of the Lake District in Cumbria.

Eden is a fantastic option for those who are looking to get out and discover more of the countryside in their retirement. As well as having the mountains and lakes of Ullswater, the rolling countryside of the Eden Valley and the Pennines nearby, those who choose to live in the beautiful town of Penrith can also enjoy easy access to other rural areas and rail links across the Pennines and even into Scotland.

South Hams

Located in Devon, South Hams is one of the nicest places in the UK. Its positioning on the south coast means the weather is far better than you might be used to, while your access to Dartmoor National Park and other rural retreats will make for many a fantastic day out.

This is the perfect retirement settlement for those who love to fish and sail, with its coastal setting creating a hobbyists dream. There are also 25 beaches on offer, while the town of Totnes will provide all of your theatrical and cultural needs.

West Dorset

Another coastal haven, West Dorset offers some of the most varied and fantastic options you’ll find anywhere in the UK. The region is well known for its natural beauty, which has made it the setting for a number of movies over the years.

You can take your pick from a number of different settlements in the area based on your personal tastes. The historic town of Dorchester, coastal Bridport and the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas are just a few of the endless wonderful choices on offer to retirees headed to West Dorset.

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 9th July 2014
Last updated on 19th April 2017


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