In the heart of the Lake District

Eskdale Mill is located in the lovely hamlet of Boot - a gem set in one of lakeland's most beautiful valleys.

Set on the leafy banks of Whillan Beck, which cascades down from the flanks of Scafell, Eskdale Mill still boasts its historic working machinery, and is one of the oldest water powered corn mills in England, and is now the last remaining working mill in the lake District. This historic building and its unique machinery, has been Grade2* listed and is a vital survivor of a vanishing heritage


These are exciting times at Eskdale Mill. Following the retirement of the long-serving miller/custodian, enthusiastic volunteers are tidying up the site, carrying out essential maintenance, and opening up for visitors on some days.

Opening times 2016 update We aim to be open at the following times until 2nd October 2016 : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am to 4.30pm.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Copeland Community Fund have awarded us grants to work up a detailed application for a major restoration programme and an improved experience for our visitors. If all goes to plan, we will employ a new miller when the works are complete. A newly erected water-wheel will soon be generating power for our buildings, and an income from selling the surplus into the national grid. For opening times and volunteering opportunities, please go to The Mill at Boot For more information about our plans, the Heritage Lottery Fund project and the hydro-electric scheme, please go to the Mill Blog.