Wheels turning again at Eskdale Mill, Cumbria
Wheels Start Turning Again at Eskdale Mill
Following a £1 million restoration project, 16th-century Eskdale Mill in Cumbria formally reopened its doors to the public in mid-July. Kate Hughes, the new manager at the Grade 2* listed watermill, has moved into the cottage next door and will oversee the day-to-day running of the mill and its grounds.
Thanks to funding raised by National Lottery players the two waterwheels which drive the millstones for milling and grinding have been carefully restored as well as several rooms that show the process of corn milling. Visitors will be able to enjoy the displays exploring the various stages of the grain milling process that took place there until the 1930s.
The mill is set in an idyllic location with fantastic views nestled amongst woodland in the Eskdale valley; Whillan Beck, flowing off Scafell behind the site, provides the waterpower for the wheels. The best way to visit is to use the delightful Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway as Dalegarth Station is just a short walk from the mill.
Volunteers play a really important role in developing and maintaining the mill and a recruitment programme is currently underway. There are roles to suit anyone with some regular spare time to dedicate. These include supporting the Mill Manager with visitor services, gardening and grounds maintenance and building and machinery maintenance. Training and equipment will be provided.
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