Longnor - Pilsbury - High Peak Trail - Longnor

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Longnor is a former market town which lies close to the upper section of the River Manifold. The village clusters around the cobbled market place with its pubs and former market hall, now a craft centre. The front of the market hall lists the tolls charged for making sales here - fourpence to sell a sheep, for instance. The church lies on higher ground just above and has been described as the ugliest in the area. It is notable for the interesting epitaphs on its tombstones, which include that of William Billinge, who was born in a cornfield in 1679 and died at Longnor in 1791, aged 112. The headstone is not the original one, for this crumbled and had to be replaced. The largest pub here is the Crewe and Harpur Arms, named after the family of local landowners. On the opposite corner is The Horseshoe and The Grapes is just next to the market hall. Up the road there is the Cheshire Cheese. Four pubs seems quite a lot for a small village. There is also a post office and a village store.

In recent years the village has gained certain fame through being the location for the filming of much of the TV series 'Peak Practice'. Aficionados can readily identify Dr Tom's House, The Beeches Surgery, The Black Swan and other landmarks of the series around Longnor village.

The walk is one of variety with birds and wildlife and much to occupy any walker. Enjoy it!

1:25 000 scale maps should be carried and used.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Peak District


Birds, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
11/18/2010 - Sid Marks

What a superb walk this is; stunning scenery from waymarks 13 - 16. At waymark 3, as you walk through the farm, take the 1st entrance on the left to arrive at waymark 4. At waymark 8, to find the pictured stile, you exit the farm on the left and follow the wall keeping it on your left to arrive at stile. Other than that the instructions were perfect. Strongly recommended walk.

6/13/2007 - Michael IAnson

My wife and I did this walk on Sunday 10th June and enjoyed it very much. The walk was not as strenuous as we thought it might be and we both managed it fairly easily, despite having a few dodgy knees between us! (we were walking for exactly 5 hours). The directions were pretty good, although we did lose the path at Pilsbury Castle, where we ended up taking the track towards the village by mistake. We received a warm welcome at the Royal Oak, where we enjoyed a welcome lunchtime drink; we didn't try the soup though, it was too hot a day for that. I'm leading a group of ramblers from Hinckley, Leics, on this walk on 8th July so I'll let you know how we get on. We'll probably finish up with tea and cakes at the Craft Centre in Longnor, which is sure to go down well. All in all, a good walk - thanks Eric!

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