Location : Boot
Grid Ref : NY 176012
Boot, Eskdale, Cumbria. CA19 1TG. Tel: 019467 23335
Website : www.eskdalemill.co.uk
Eskdale Mill dates back to 1578, and is located near the head of one of the most picturesque and dramatic valleys of the Lake District. Here you can visit one of the very few remaining two wheel water corn mills, and learn more about life in Cumbria, its industry and its people. There is a fascinating exhibition explaining the whole milling process and the workings of the unique wooden machinery. The mill may often be seen operating.
Milling has been a feature of this valley life since the 12th century. The first documented evidence of Eskdale Mill dates from 1578. The mill continued to grind cereals until the early 1920s when a dynamo was installed. The upper wheel of the mill continued to make electricity until 1955 when mains power came to the valley.
The mill is reached by crossing the 17th century packhorse bridge over Whillan Beck in Boot Village. You can enjoy a picnic in the mill grounds, surrounded by waterfalls, millponds and magnificent scenery. Boot village is about half a mile from Dalegarth Station at the end of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
Cumbria County Council purchased the property in 1972, and a program of restoration work was carried out bringing much of the mill into working order. In June 2005, ownership passed to the Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust, who will preserve the historic fabric of the Mill for future generations, and continue to run the Mill as a visitor attraction.