Longnor is a beautiful little village in the Staffordshire Peak District, situated on a high ridge between the Manifold Valley and Dovedale. It is a place full of history, with pretty stone houses lining narrow streets.
Longnor is an ancient place, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, but there is evidence of a settlement in the area since around 700AD. The original church of St Bartholomew was founded in the 13th Century, although the present building is more recent, dating from 1781. There is also a Methodist Chapel in the village, albeit sadly no longer in use, built in the 18th Century.
Longnor was a significant market town in the 18th and 19th Centuries. At the heart of the village is a lovely cobbled square, complete with an original market sign displaying the table of tolls payable for buyers and sellers. In the market square you will find the historic Longnor Craft Centre and Coffee Shop, located in what was once the 19th Century Market Hall. There are also a couple of cosy country pubs close by, Ye Old Cheshire Cheese and The Grapes Hotel.
Longnor is notable for the stunning Peak District countryside that surrounds the village. This is excellent walking country, and the area around Dovedale should definitely not be missed. The Manifold Valley Way is accessible from Longnor too. This is an 8 mile long footpath and cycle trail that runs from Hulme End in the north to Waterhouses in the south, and passes through some of the most picturesque parts of this beautiful landscape.