Longnor is a Peak District village, just over 4 miles away from the Barn at Ivy House Farm.
It’s a bit of a hidden gem with it’s cobbled market place, pubs and unusual church and a great place to visit if you’re staying in the Peak District.
In fact you might think Longnor looks familiar which is because the popular ITV series Peak Practice was based in Longnor for a couple of series!
Although thought by many visitors to be in Derbyshire, Longnor actually sits in the Staffordshire Moorlands flanked by the River Dove to the East and the Manifold river to the West.
The cobbled marketplace and former Victorian market hall, built in 1873, belies the village’s history as a market centre for the whole area.
Inscribed above the market hall doors are the various market tolls of the time.
The market hall is now home to Longnor Craft Centre and Coffee shop – a great place to get a lovely cup of tea and a delicious home baked cake either before or after a heart ramble through the surrounding countryside.
St Bartholomew’s Church, Longnor
St Bartholomew’s church, originally dating form the Middle Ages, was rebuilt in the late 1770s and is an austere building with a tall pinnacled clock tower.
Inside, there’s a 12th century Norman font and 18th century painted boards with the ten commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Royal Arms displayed.
Perhaps most notably, the graveyard contains the tomb of William Billinge, a veteran of the capture of Gibraltar in 1704 and who fought under Marlborough, living to the almost unheard of age of 112!
Until recently, there were four pubs in Longnor, however there are now only two left, The Horseshoe Inn and the Cheshire Cheese.
The Horseshoe Inn dates back to the 17th century and is a real “local” pub, popular with farmers and with a pool table and darts board. The food is homely pub grub and there’s usually a really good atmosphere in the place. A few tables outside allow you to watch the comings and goings on Longnor market place.
Telephone: 01298 83262
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was built in 1621 wit the first recorded publican being Elizabeth Milward in 1706.
The Cheshire Cheese now has a resident magician, Chris Stevenson, who has room in the pub dedicated to magicians of yesteryear.
Telephone: 01298 83218
Longnor Fish & Chip Shop
Probably the closest takeaway outlet to the Barn, Longnor Fish and Chip Shop , on the corner of the market square, is quite rightly famous locally for its excellent food and service.
Tuesday: 11:30-13:30 18:00-21:00
Thursday: 11:30-13:30 18:00-21:00
Friday: 11:30-13:30 18:00-21:00
Saturday: 11:30-13:30 18:00-21:00
Telephone: 01298 83317
It takes about 5 minutes to drive to Longnor from the Barn, so it’s a good idea to phone ahead with your order to avoid having to queue at busy times.
Longnor Craft Centre and Coffee Shop
As many walkers know, the Peak District can be quite hard work with steep climbs and unpredictable weather.
There’s nothing better than knowing there’s a hot cup of tea, coffee or soup and some delicious home made fare waiting for you at the end.
Longnor Craft Centre and Coffee Shop provides the perfect base for a day’s walking in the hills around Longnor.
You can park on the cobbled Market Square right outside the Craft Centre, put on your boots, spend all day rambling, then return to the Craft Centre for refreshments.
As its name suggests, Longnor Craft Centre showcases local art, handicrafts, sculpture and serves as the showroom for handmade hardwood and oak furniture builder, Peter Fox of Fox Country Furniture.
Peter is a real artist with wood and if you stay for a bite to eat and a drink, you’ll be sitting on chairs and at tables created by him.
There’s a gallery upstairs with a good selection of hardwood furniture from stools to chairs, tables and bookcases and of course, you can always pop up the road to Peter’s Old Cheese Factory workshop if you’d like something built for you bespoke.
Telephone: 01298 83587
Longnor Sports or Wakes Races
This annual event, dating back to 1904, is held on the first Thursday after the first Sunday of September.
Held on land at Waterhouse Farm, the event starts at about 12:00 with a gymkhana, followed by exciting harness racing.
There’s then a Golden Mile foot race for anyone wishing to take part and then a series of motorbike races, which always provide a talking point in terms of Health and Safety!
The day’s rounded off with a gruelling, cross country hill race – only for the brave!
Thousands attend the event, coming not just from the local area but from far afield, so if you’re staying at The Barn at Ivy House Farm in early September, it might be worth a trip over to Longnor for the Races.