This beautiful area is the perfect launch pad for walking, cycling, climbing, pony trekking or simply discovering the stunning landscape, local attractions and taking pleasure in some of the most delightful and unspoiled villages in the country.
Great Longstone is a flourishing yet modest community that boasts its own local newsletter, a village website; www.greatlongstone.net, Parish Council and registered Village Charity. There is an abundance of local organisations, services, activities and events throughout the year, that binds the community together and welcomes visitors – check the village website for details.
With a population a little over 1000 people, the village today is a blend of Longstonites, the families who have been here for generations and the new families who have a strong desire to be here and be part of a rural community. Properties are largely built from limestone, typical of many villages in Derbyshire with some dating back as far as the 1600’s. The village is home to the pretty Grade 1 listed medieval Parish Church of St. Giles and also host to Great Longstone infant and primary school, two pubs, a shop and a handful of working agricultural, sheep and dairy farms – fresh milk is produced by Cox’s farm, Church Lane and is available to buy by the bottle.
The village recreation area offers a cricket ground, a tennis court and a play area for children. On cricket match days the pavilion bar is open where locals and visitors alike are made very welcome.
Amble your way in just 5 minutes to either of the two good pubs, The White Lion and The Crispin for a light bite or a hearty meal. Just slightly further afield and a scenic 15 minute walk away in the tiny neighbouring hamlet of Little Longstone are more eating options available at the two equally good pubs The Packhorse Inn and Monsal Head Stable Bar.
For something quintessentially English, why not sample a cream tea or a more substantial meal at The Hollow, Little Longstone, an Edwardian manor house and B&B that offers quality food and service, pleasant gardens and a superb view.
Great Longstone is surrounded by many beautiful villages, each offering something special or unique. If you have the time to explore you will be rewarded with a closer glimpse at local life and come across some lesser known hidden gems. The area has an abundance of cafes, bars, restaurants and rest stops can easily be taken as and when desired.
For those who want some retail therapy, the more bustling market town of Bakewell is located just 3 miles away and also within easy access is Matlock, Matlock Bath, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby and Sheffield.