Are you looking for somewhere to spend quality time? We're proud of our special watermill that has something for everyone.
This charming site embodies the Lake District’s authentic heritage. It is the last remaining working water-powered corn mill in the Lake District National Park.
Do you want to spend regular time at our lovely watermill? We're looking for more volunteers to support the running of this community asset.

Eskdale Mill is a unique experience, nestled in one of the Lake District's most beautiful locations.

Welcome to Eskdale Mill

Nestled in the scenic village of Boot, our Grade II* listed watermill makes for a special day out.

Step back in time and escape the daily grind!





Dating back to at least 1578, Eskdale Mill embodies the Lake District’s rich heritage. Located alongside Whillan Beck in Boot, the mill demonstrates 500 years of water power and the traditional craft of corn milling.

Complete with original working milling machinery, it is one of the few places in the UK where you can find double overshot waterwheels, a traditional oats drying rack and ingenious mechanisms made from local wood, metal and stone.

Last commercially working in the 1930’s to supply animal feed to local farmers, this display mill takes you back through time and explores the importance of water power.

Guaranteed to impress, this is an opportunity to find out how our rural ancestors lived, worked and supported one another within a remote Lakeland community.

Appealing to people from all walks of life, this is a not-to-miss chance to help youngsters discover basic engineering and for older generations to be reminded of a simple life before modern technologies.

It’s not all history though, as there is also the modern hydro-electric waterwheel making it possible to continue the harness of energy through water power into present day electricity for the National Grid.

Due to its idyllic location and multi-sensory appeal, it is also a space to find peace and relax.

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Our projects for the conservation and preservation of Eskdale Mill aim to safeguard these historic buildings, water powered machinery and grounds for public enjoyment and education.We are generously supported by:

Conservation & preservation of the Eskdale Corn Mill.
For building works to the Mill & Stable as part of a much larger restoration project.
It is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.