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Welcome to Eskdale Mill.

Discover a unique experience at our special visitor attraction.

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Eskdale Mill embodies the Lake District’s rich heritage. Located alongside Whillan Beck, the mill demonstrates 500 years of water power and the traditional craft of stone corn milling. There’s something for everyone to do. Get a feel of the journey through time as you enter our exhibition. Explore the mill and workings itself, get involved in the sensory tour, relax in our woodland & gardens and view scenic landscapes.

Admission fees:

  • Adult £4
  • Child £2
  • Family (2 adults & 3 children) £10

Under 5’s go free and friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome.

We also operate the Gift Aid donation scheme for UK tax payers only.

For more information, please also view our  visitor information page

Some comments from our visitor book:

2/09/20 – “Fascinating and very informative – really enjoyed the interactive aspects of it” (Murphy family, Leeds)

12/08/20 – “Love the sound of the water – found it very relaxing and therapeutic” (J Paver, West Yorkshire)

12/08/20 – “Extraordinary – loved it! ….. Visited for past 7 years, been everytime and good to see it restored” (Robinson family, Newcastle)

19/2/20 – “Very interesting. Supervalue for money… Highly recommend.” (Taylor family, Huddersfield)

17/2/20 – “Very cool and enjoyable. Very fun and interesting and a lot of mechanical stuff.” (Jo & Joshua, West Midlands)

28/12/19 –  “Fascinating to see a working mill and the forces of nature. Amazing facts and stories … Thank you.” (C Smith, Yorkshire)

23/10/19 – “Fascinating tour with very knowledgable guides. Kids loved their very own replica of the watermills. A unique experience and well worth the price.” (Wright family, Cumbria)

10/10/19 – Beautiful place, so pleased it has been restored. Added to my enjoyment of the area, bringing history to life.” (C Mciver, Notts)

3/10/19 – “Best £4.40 I’ve ever spent!” (Q Knowlon, Workington)

5/09/19 – “A return visit after 17 years. Beautifully restored without losing the essence of a magical place. Thank you.” (I & J Norman, Bristol)

Parking

Please note there is no car park at the mill or in Boot village.

The best way to visit the mill is to use the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The mill is a short (10 minute) walk from the station – just follow the signs.They also have limited parking facilities for cars.

Please see their website for timetables and cost details.

If you choose to use a car, please plan your route carefully using a road map. Don’t rely on your SatNav directions which will suggest routes over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes from Ambleside. These are very difficult even in good conditions. Equally scenic – but less terrifying routes – can be found via Ulpha and Birker Fell (from the South) or Gosforth or Holmrook (from the North). Roads over the fells may be closed too, so please make sure you check local travel updates.

There is also a free car park at Trough House Bridge to the south of Boot, a 20 minute walk away. To find us from the Trough House Bridge car park, retrace your steps north along the road. Cross over the River Esk and turn right at the T-junction. Follow the road east past Dalegarth Station on your left. Follow the signs to the mill and at the next crossroads, turn left at the Brook House Inn. Keep going and we are just past The Boot Inn and over the packhorse bridge.

Please take extra care driving on the narrow roads within the valley.