Sheltered by Longstone Edge from the cold north winds, the attractive limestone village of Great Longstone winds its way along a minor road linking Monsal Head and Hassop. Its comparative isolation from major tourist routes is probably the reason that it has remained relatively undiscovered by the visitor. But the situation is changing, no longer is it a one street village – much discreet development has taken place and newcomers have moved in. And with the opening of the Monsal Trail and the increase in leisure time, more walkers now visit the village to enjoy its quiet charm and hospitality.
Like so many villages in the White Peak, Great Longstone owes its existence primarily to lead mining. The presence of water where limestone and shale meet was probably the deciding factor in where the village was located. Good farmland was another attraction, as miners supplemented their incomes from their underground activities by keeping livestock.
The nearby, renowned market town of Bakewell offers a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, together with frequent local farmers’ markets. Visit the many stately homes, including Chatsworth House and HaddonHall, or explore the rugged Dark Peak and softer limestone White Peak, all within easy reach. With Britain’s premier theme park, Alton Towers and the impressive caverns at Castleton close by, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this fantastic location.The village itself has a fine collection of 18th and 19th Century cottages, a school and two great pubs and a small village shop, all within easy walking distance of the cottage.