Long Preston is an attractive Yorkshire Dales village sited on the main A65 road twelve miles from Skipton (popularly known as the 'Gateway to the Dales'), and four miles from the historic market town of Settle.
To the north the landscape rises to the fells, moors and picturesque valleys of the Dales; to the south are the wetlands of the Ribble Valley which, in turn, sweep upward to the magnificent wilderness of Bowland.
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The village benefits from several large, tree lined, village greens, with many footpaths leading direct to the surrounding hills. Long Preston has just over three hundred households, and is a friendly community with many residents working in the village, as well as commuting to the neighbouring towns.
The village boasts two excellent pubs with first rate cuisine:
The Boar's Head, on Main Street, hosts Derek & Craig and The Maypole Inn by the Maypole Green.
Long Preston's other main focal point is, of course, the Village Post Office, Store and Teashop run by Arthur and Julie Modd -
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The village's Endowed Primary School is well attended, serving not only Long Preston but also some of the outlying hamlets, and has recently had an annexe added for pre-
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The residents organise a wide range of village clubs and activities, many centred on the Village Hall.
The annual May Day celebrations are a popular event, with maypole dancing on the village green, and stalls and displays on the village and school playing fields.
The railway station on the edge of the village gives access to Skipton, Bradford and Leeds in one direction and to Settle, Carnforth and Carlisle in the other. There is also an hourly bus service to Skipton and to Settle.
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Long Preston is also home to the original Rohan travel and outdoor gear shop, now an outlet for the company's end of line ranges and special bargains.