Little Longstone is a tiny hamlet situated on a minor road between between Monsal Head and Great Longstone, in Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. It consists of some pretty cottages, a pub, and a manor house. It also has some village stocks which are in a good state of preservation.
Longstone Manor was built in the 17th century and has been the family home of the Longsdons, who have kept land in the area for 28 generations. The pub, built in the 16th century is called the Pack Horse Inn and is very popular with visitors to the area.
Standing alone in a field just west of the village is a Congregational Chapel, built in a round arched stlye with bold rock-faced dressings, a design of the 1870's.
Little Longstone is a few minutes walk from Mondal Head. The hotel here looks out over the graceful fine arched Monsal Head viaduct, built in 1863 as part of the Midland Line. The building of the Midland Line was the cause of John Ruskins famous outburst about the valley being gone and every fool in Buxton can be in Bakewell in half an hour and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton. The aqueduct actually compliments the scenery with superb views of the river Wye deep down in the valley, flowing at the foot of fine hills as it comes from Miller's Dale and Upper Dale and makes a glorious curve round the foot of Patwell Hill as it begins its journey through the lovely Monsal Dale.
A footpath through the woods and by the river leads downstream to Ashford in the Water, or upstream to Cressbrook and Litton Mill via Water cum Jolly Dale.
Ashford in the Water