The old Market place at Longnor © Mike Cummins 2009
Chrome hill in the Upper Dove valley © Mike Cummins 2009
St Bartholomews church at Longnor © Mike Cummins 2009
Crewe Harpur - your very own Inn
Longnor village scene © Mike Cummins 2009
Cobbled alleyway in Longnor © Mike Cummins 2009

Longnor visitor and tourist information guide

...near Buxton

It’s the proud boast of Longnor, a former market town crowning the ridge which separates the Upper Dove and Manifold Valleys, that it was once more important than nearby Buxton, whose postal address used to read “near Longnor.” Now it’s Longnor, near Buxton.


Between Dove and Manifold
The scale of charges on the old Market Hall (now a craft centre and coffee shop) in the cobbled village square gives another indication of Longnor’s former importance, and the village is an ideal centre for the exploration of the little-known Staffordshire moorlands and the hills of the Upper Dove Valley. The village achieved national fame as the original setting for ITV’s medical soap opera, Peak Practice, and it was also the subject of a nationally-televised no-smoking campaign in the 1970s.

 

WHERE IS IT?

Longnor is five miles south of Buxton on the B5053 Buxton-Warslow road.

 

HISTORY

First recorded as ‘Langenoure’ in 1227, the name of Longnor is thought to mean ‘long river bank or ridge’, a perfect description of the village’s situation. The parish was for long part of the Harpur Crewe estate, hence the name of a village pub, and held a weekly market on Tuesdays for many years. The table of tolls set up by Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe, Lord of the Manor in 1903, on the gable of the Market Hall (which was built in 1873) gives prices for both sellers and buyers in old pence.

 

At the end of the 19th century, limestone quarrying became the main source of employment in the village. There was also a candle factory, two blacksmiths, two saddlers and two wheelwrights in the bustling little community, whose population in 1873 was 520.

 

PLACES TO GO

The Parish Church

St Bartholomew’s Church dates back to the Middle Ages and is perhaps best known for the grave of a 112 year old local man and Gibraltar veteran, contained in the churchyard.

 

THINGS TO DO

Walking

It is a pleasant four-mile walk from the village centre in Longnor down into the valley of the River Dove crossing the river by Beggar’s Bridge, and then walking up to Earl Sterndale, with dramatic views of the Upper Dove hills, returning via Parkhouse Hill and Yewtree Grange. Another pleasant walk from the village is up to Hollinslough and the sharp ridge of Chrome Hill.

 

FOOD AND DRINK

Apart from Longnor’s famous Chip Shop, the Craft Centre and Coffee Shop (01298 83587) in the Market Hall in the village square offers a friendly coffee as part of a craft centre featuring work by local artists and artisans, including Fox Country Furniture. Home-baked cakes and scones and homemade soups are a speciality.

 

The Black Grouse, (01298 83205/83194) also in the Market Square, is a tastefully  renovated Georgian inn offering meals in an oak-panelled bar and restaurant. The early 17th century Horseshoe Inn (01298 83262) appeared as the ‘Black Swan’ in the long-running TV series Peak Practice, and another traditional hostelry is Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (01298 83218), where you can visit the Magic Room, where resident magician Chris Stevenson keeps his collection of magic-related memorabilia.

 

In nearby Crowdecote, The Packhorse Inn (01298 83618) has a reputation for good beers, traditional pub food and puddings, and fine views of Chrome and Parkhouse Hills up the Upper Dove valley.

LONGNOR ACCOMMODATION

Longnor has a range of holiday accommodation that belies its size. See the full list of Longnor accommodation.

Lapwing House and Barns Luxury self catering holiday cottages in the stunning Peak District. Ideal for large groups and individual parties alike. Each property can be booked separately or together for parties of 2 to 16 people. All are dog friendly.


Longnor B&Bs

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

  • Leek, bustling moorland market town
  • Buxton, spa town and shopping centre
  • Bakewell, ancient market town
  • Chatsworth, the “Palace of the Peak”
 

TOURIST INFORMATION

Tourist Information Centre

Leek Tourist Information Centre, 1 Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5HH; 01538 483741; www.enjoystaffordshire.com or www.staffordshiremoorlands.com; open daily.


Roly Smith
Editor, Let's Stay Peak District

November 2009

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015