Little Longstone visitor information guide
...quaint 'n' quirky
WATCH VIDEO: The linear village of Little Longstone lies immediately to the west of Great Longstone and just to the east of Monsal Head, the popular beauty spot overlooking the famous viaduct astride the river Wye in Monsal Dale.
Bus Routes - 173 from Bakewell to Castleton.
Protected from northerly winds by the mass of Longstone Edge, the village has a tiny pub, a tiny church and a tradition of well-dressing at the village pump in mid July each year.
Little Longstone Manor
The most notable architectural feature of the village is the Elizabethan Little Longstone Manor (private residence) which has been in the Longsdon family for more than eight centuries.
Next door to the Manor, owned by the same family, are Little Longstone Barns, a castellated collection of 4 holiday conversions, sympathetically converted from derelict barns in 2008 and proving very popular with visitors to the area.
The bulk of the village itself sits between the minuscule Congregational chapel and the Manor house, not much more than a few hundred yards away, and features a row of exceptionally pretty terraced cottages above the attractive Packhorse Inn, recently purchased (2009) by the local and increasing successful Thornbridge brewery based in nearby Bakewell.
The charming little pub (01629 640 471), now run by landlord David Cooper and team, has been a stopping point for travellers since 1787. Formerly two miners' cottages, it stands on an old Packhorse route that runs from Chesterfield over the moors to Baslow, onwards to Hassop, Great Longstone and Little Longstone before climbing eastwards to an ancient Roman Portway.
The pub is also situated on a link of the Monsal Trail, a disused railway line joining Bakewell to Monsal Head that is popular with walkers and cyclists. To the left of the pub is a public footpath that leads up to Chertpit Lane onto Longstone Moor and beyond to Wardlow.
This welcoming and friendly place (children, dogs, muddy boots) specialises in serving the best of produce available locally, including traditional Thornbridge ales (now brewed in Bakewell) and locally-reared 'wild' boar. The smoked trout, chicken, and salmon all come from the Derbyshire Smokery at Flagg. Cheeses found throughout the menu are local delicacies, such as Stilton and Sage Derby. Bakewell provides the bread, and of course, the famous Bakewell Pudding.
The pub also has two open fires as well as an attractive beer garden for fine-weather dining.
Well preserved village stocks can be seen just along the road from the Manor house opposite which is The Hollow (b&b) which has previously featured in Alistair Sawday's eponymous guide.
With footpaths in every direction, walking in and around Little Longstone is very enjoyable with perhaps Spring taking the prize for best time to visit. Strolling through the lamb-filled fields opposite Longstone Manor on the year's first warm day is a never-to-be-forgotten joy!
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015