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Little longstone

The small picturesque village of Little longstone, stands in the very heart of the White Peak. Set in an idyllic landscape, the parish extends to Monsal Head, with fine views over the dale and its famous viaduct. The village with its 100 inhabitants, contains the 17th century Longstone Manor, and charming cottages built during an era of prosperity from lead mining and shoe making. The Longson family have lived in the village for over 800 years; a record few can equal anywhere. There is also a well preserved set of village stocks, once a symbol of authority.

The pub, the Pack Horse Inn, dates from then 16th century, and is a welcomed stop for walkers and cyclists. Nearby is a congregational chapel built circa 1870, and within easy walking distance are the villages of Great Longstone, Ashford in the Water and Cressbrook. To the north lies Longstone edge, from where there are excellent views over the wye valley. Central to all attractions, the village offers an ideal base for a visit to Peak District. Little longstone celebrates its well dressing at the end of July every year.

Monsal Head Viaduct

Monsal Head is arguably the most famous view point in the peak district. With an awe inspiring panorama over Monsal Dale and along the Wye Valley. Here, the river Wye is forced to make a sharp southerly turn, as it cuts its way through the limestone ridges in the dale. The views are breathtaking, with the river far beneath, winding its way though a steep-sided valley. Monsal Dale was once the route of the former Midland Railway, and was carried by a viaduct over the river and into the headstone tunnel which cuts through Monsal Head.

This now disused railway line forms part of the Monsal Trail, a popular route with walkers and cyclists. When built in the 1870s, John Ruskin campaigned against the damage to this unique environment, simply 'so that any fool from Bakewell can be in Buxton by lunchtime'. Despite the controversy over the building of the Monsal Dale Viaduct, it is now considered an important feature of historic and architectural interest. When the railway line closed after 100 years, and plans mooted to demolish the viaduct, there was a widespread protest. The answer came in 1970, with the award of a preservation order.

Little Longstone Church

Scenery in Longstone

Monsal Dale

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