Longnor Wood is situated in a remote rural location in the heart of the Peak District, 2 miles from the small village of Longnor and about a 20-minute drive from the Derbyshire towns of Buxton and Bakewell. Leek and Matlock are also within a 30-minute drive making Longnor Wood a great central location for the Peak District.
There is no public transport locally and a car is recommended when staying in one of our holiday lodges with hot tub, static caravans with hot tub, glamping pods or tent/touring pitches to make the most of your Peak District break.
Whilst there is a small, licensed shop on site and a range of amenities in Buxton and Bakewell, guests are recommended to bring with them what they need for their trip.
Longnor is a pretty village located between the Dove and Manifold valleys with a cobbled market square and streets of stone houses. Longnor was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. There is still an original market sign in the square displaying the table of tolls payable for buyers and sellers. There have been a variety of guest amenities in the old 19th century Market Hall but it is currently empty.
Longnor is the starting point for a variety of Peak District walks. The village has the Longnor Post Office and General Store, stocking fresh bread, pastries, cakes and award winning meat pies and the Longnor Fish and Chip Shop. The last remaining village pub, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn and the cafe The Cobbles seem to have closed down for now.
The 18th century Anglican Church of St Bartholomew is part of the Longnor benefice of seven churches. There is a second-hand bookstall in the church porch. Services usually take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month but please check in advance.
Local Shops and Peak District Supermarkets
We recommend that guests bring most of what they need when staying with us at Longnor Wood. You can pick up milk and basic essentials in our small on-site licensed shop and we accept newspaper orders up to 5pm the day before. Bread, pastries and pies can be purchased locally from the Longnor Post Office and General Store.
We are located a 20-minute drive from both Buxton and Bakewell, both of which have a large variety of shops, supermarkets and independent stores. In terms of Peak District supermarkets, Buxton has a Waitrose, an Aldi, a Morrison’s and an Iceland. Bakewell has an Aldi, Co-Op, Matlock has an M&S Foodhall, as well as a Sainsburys. Click on the relevant links for details of individual store opening times.
Bakewell is famous for its Bakewell puddings and you will find bakeries such as The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop and Bloomers of Bakewell in this small town. There are also some antique shops including the Rutland Arms Antique Centre.
There are also many other Peak District villages with excellent shopping including Ashford in the Water, Matlock and the famous Hartington Cheese Shop.
Shopping in Buxton
Buxton has a wide range of independent shops in wonderful locations. Shopping in Buxton is delightful, with the many pedestrianised streets, historic architecture, covered arcades and cobbled squares. Explore the boutique shops around the historic centre including The Square, Circus Parade, under the arches of the Crescent and Buxton’s oldest shopping centre, the Cavendish Arcade, within the historic hot baths.
The main shopping street Spring Gardens has the Springs Shopping Centre with a range of more mainstream stores. The Arches is an artisan market with a collection of stalls and pop up shops, nestled within the historic arches of Hogshaw Mill at the western end of Spring Gardens.
Up the hill in Higher Buxton around the Market Place you will find more traditional shops including one of the Peak District’s best second-hand bookshops Scriveners.
Longnor Wood is a great Peak District campsites near pubs. Whether you’re looking for a pub with great home-cooked food and real Peak District ales, a gourmet restaurant or lunch time café, Buxton, Bakewell and the surrounding areas have a wonderful selection of dining options, all within a short drive of Longnor Wood. Please note that there are no Peak District pubs within walking distance of the campsite, with all pubs in Longnor Village having closed down.
Most of the pubs listed here are dog friendly. Please ask any of our site wardens for their personal recommendations or if you would like them to book you a table. Post pandemic many pubs are operating reduced and seasonal opening hours, with many pubs being closed on a Monday, so we would always recommend calling ahead before making the journey to check that they are open.
For takeaway, the closest option is Longnor Fish and Chip Shop, with Buxton and Bakewell being at least a 20-minute drive.
There are a wide variety of restaurants in Buxton, the Visit Buxton website has a good listing.
Peak District Pubs
Outdoor and Leisure Facilities
Buxton Swimming and Fitness Centre (9 miles) has a state-of-the-art gym, group classes and a 25m swimming pool.
There are a range of cycle paths and trails close by including the Tissington Trail, Monsal Trail and Manifold Trail. Bike hire is available locally from many places including Manifold Bike Hire, Blackwell Mill and Parsley Hay. Please note that these are normally closed between 31st October and start of February. There is also the Bike Barn at Ashbourne which is good for those wanting to cycle the Tissington Trail.
Buxton and High Peak Golf Course is a Peak District golf club open to visitors. There is also Cavendish Golf Club in Buxton, designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, whose list of courses includes the iconic Augusta National, home to the Masters, and Bakewell Golf Club.
Buxton is the home to the highest Go Ape course in Britain in the hilltops of the Peak District National Park.
The myriad of Buxton caverns, underground caves and potholes means that the area is perfect for those wanting to explore underground. Guided caving experiences are available and many of the accessible caves are open to the general public. Visit Buxton has a number of links and contacts on its caving and potholing website.
Longnor Wood is located in a remote rural location and there is no public transport to or near the site. Visitors are recommended to bring their own car. The nearest train station is Buxton and there are no local buses.
Chemist and Medical Facilities
The nearest hospital should you need it is Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 7JE (Telephone 0161 483 1010), which has a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department. It will take you at least an hour to reach Stepping Hill and much longer at certain times of the day. Macclesfield District General Hospital SK10 3BL Telephone 01625 421000) is around 35 minutes drive and also has an A&E department.
The nearest pharmacy is a 20-minute drive at Lloyds Pharmacy, 2 Temple Road, Buxton, SK17 9BZ (Tel 01298 23411) and the closest doctors’ surgery is 7 miles away at Hartington Surgery, Dig Street, Hartington, SK17 0AQ (Tel 01298 84315).
If travelling with a dog and you need assistance whilst on holiday at Longnor Wood, there are two vets in Buxton, about 20 minutes away - Overdale Vets (Tel 01298 23499) and Medivet (Tel 01298 74252).