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The local area guide to living in Longhope

Longhope is located within the Forest of Dean area and is known for its dense woodland and charming country pubs. You can climb to the top of the village’s May Hill landmark to enjoy views of the forests and valleys below. It’s part of west Gloucestershire, with its name meaning ‘long, enclosed valley’ – a perfect description of its geography. This historic little village has been around since the 11th century, with its parish church dating back to the Norman era. You can still see remainders of this Norman architecture today, where it sits alongside newer fortifications that were added in the 1860s. Half-timbered cottages round out the architecture of this well-preserved, rural village.

There’s a recreation ground, an array of local shops, and a primary school available for residents. The larger cities of Gloucester and Cardiff are also within easy reach, and the village tends to enjoy a pervasive and quiet sense of tranquility.

Information about the local residents

Longhope village is part of the larger Blaisdon and Longhope electoral ward. Blaisdon sits to the south of Longhope and is slightly smaller in size. The total population of the ward was 1,754 at the time of the 2011 Census, with 1,489 residents in Longhope parish. There were 689 households between the two villages, with the average size being 2.4 residents. A significant percentage of residents are in communal living, with 72 falling into this category. Population density in the ward is fairly low, with only 0.90 people per hectare. This reflects Longhope’s rural setting.

Nearby schools

The lone school in Longhope is the Hope Brook Primary School, which opened in 2003. The school was formed as part of the merging of Hopes Hill Primary and Longhope Church of England School, which both shut down to create the newer school. Hope Brook is conveniently located in the village centre, next to the recreation grounds, which also double as school fields for sport. Facilities within the new school include a recreation hall, music room, library, craft space, and IT area. For younger children, there’s a baby and toddler group held in the village’s Latchen Rooms.

The nearest secondary school is in Mitcheldean, a short drive from Longhope. The Dene Magna School is a coeducational, comprehensive school with Academy status. It was found to be ‘Outstanding’ in an Ofsted inspection during 2012, with high-achieving pupils between the ages of 11-16.

Getting around

The village is easy to access via public transport or local motorways. It’s a 25 minute drive via the eastbound A40 to Gloucester, which can also be accessed via local buses. This road also runs to Ross-on-Wye to the west. Motorists will find the M5 motorway just past Gloucester, providing access to the north and south.

The 24A bus route runs from Longhope’s village centre directly into Gloucester in just over 20 minutes. There is a train station in Gloucester, as well as one in Lydney, which is just under a half hour away from Longhope. From the Lydney railway station, you can find hourly trains to Chepstow, Newport, Gloucester, and Cardiff.

Local shops

Longhope and the surrounding Forest of Dean area offers a wide selection of country stores and quirky boutiques. Within Longhope, there’s a Central Stores convenience store which sells basic groceries, as well as a wine shop. The Farmer’s Boy Inn and country pub is a popular stop for visitors and residents alike, offering a charming country atmosphere and locally sourced cuisine. Pick up unique items at Reign Beau antiques in nearby Mitcheldean, or visit Harts Barn Flower and Craft Centre for a country-style shopping centre. Here you’ll find a blend of craft and gift shops as well as a cookery school and historic cider mill.

With Gloucester only a 25 minute drive away, residents can also find big-name retailers in the proximity of Longhope. Gloucester’s home to several large shopping centres, including Gloucester Quays and the Eastgate Shopping Centre, as well as Tesco, Asda, and other major supermarkets.

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