Eskdale Mill, owned by the local Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust, is a Grade 2* listed 16th century water cornmill that has been open for public enjoyment since the 1970’s. Visitors since then will remember its unique appeal and the previous modern millers that made this a special experience for them. Following on from a recent £1 million funding restoration project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Copeland Community Fund, the mill buildings and waterwheel systems have been given a new lease of life and a brand-new hands-on exhibition has been installed.
There is something for everyone to enjoy when exploring the various stages of the grain milling process that took place here from at least the 1500’s until the 1930’s. The two waterwheels, which drive the millstones for grinding and milling, have been lovingly restored by traditional millwrights, as have several rooms that show the sequence of milling. It has all been sensitively renovated with artefact inclusions of life in the valley through the ages. Eskdale Mill truly embodies the Lake District’s rich heritage and you will really get a sense of what it was like in times gone by for the previous millers who found their livelihood there!
Located in the village of Boot, the mill is set in an idyllic spot with wonderful views that is nestled amongst woodland within the Eskdale valley. This provides space for nature whilst also catering for people to come and enjoy some quality time. Whillan Beck, flowing off Scafell behind the grounds, provides the waterpower for the wheels, adding to this fantastic atmosphere.
Discover a unique experience at this charming site. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world enjoy visiting the mill complex. There is a chance to chat with enthusiasts, have fun-filled educational visits and receive guided tours. Milling demonstrations will be at set times from the late summer and there will be special events at certain times throughout the year.
The best way to visit the mill is to catch a charming miniature steam train on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The mill is a short walk from Dalegarth Station – just follow the signs. If you are using a car, there are a limited number of pay and display parking spaces at Dalegarth Station and there is also a free car park at Trough House Bridge to the south of Boot, a 20-minute walk away.
Volunteers play a really important role in developing and maintaining this facility and a recruitment programme is currently underway. There are roles to suit all adults with some regular spare time to dedicate. These include supporting the Mill Manager with visitor services, gardening and grounds maintenance and mill operation and maintenance. Training and equipment will be provided.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome and there are wheelchair friendly facilities.
Visit www.eskdalemill.co.uk and keep up to date with news and events on Twitter/Facebook @Eskdale-Mill.
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