We are located in an area of the Peak District National Park called The White Peak, known for its limestone gorges and walls, however a small part of it where we are is actually on gritstone giving the area its high moors and rocky outcrops. The surrounding area formed part of the Harpur Crewe Estate until it was split up and sold off half way through last century.
The nearest village is Longnor dating from the time of the Doomsday Book, set on old trade routes it was an important trading centre as evidenced by the cobbled market square and market hall. It has two child friendly pubs, The Cheshire Cheese and The Horseshoe which you may recognise as The Black Swan from the Peak Practice TV series. All do good wholesome pub food. There is also an award winning fish and chip shop that attracts people for miles. Longnor is renowned for its annual races in the first week of September every year.
There are several other good country pubs within a few miles of the cottages, all are child friendly and do good, value for money food. The Winking Man is about half a mile away, further down in the valley at Upper Hulme is Ye Old Rock Inn, a favourite of the climbers who come to the Roaches and at Crowdicote just outside Longnor is the Pack Horse Inn.

There are several Historic market towns within a short drive.

Bakewell dates from about 1300 and has a large stall market and cattle market every Monday. It is famous as being the home of the original Bakewell Pudding, as well as having a varied selection of shops for browsing.
Ashbourne has some wonderful old buildings dating from the 13th Century and a good selection of shops. Market days are on Thursday and Saturday. It is famous for its two day Shrovetide football game with goals 3 miles apart and almost no rules.
Buxton is only 10 minutes drive, it is a Georgian Spa town with some wonderful architecture, it is home to the Opera House with a regular and varied selection of entertainment. It also has a good range of supermarkets including Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s
Leek is also less than 10 minutes drive and has stall markets every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It has a Coop and Morrisons and some excellent antique shops situated in old mill buildings as well as an award winning Bangladeshi restaurant, Bolka Spice. Just out of the town is The Abbey Inn, a very old Inn with a good menu.

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