Welcome to Eskdale Mill.


We want to make sure everyone, not just yourselves but also our lovely volunteers are safeguarded during this pandemic whilst we are open to the public.

We are currently making changes to our systems so we can  re-open during the summer. New working measures will be put in place which will be publicised when we are ready. This will include an online booking system as well as changes to our exhibitions and reception area.

We will try to give you good notice when our doors can re-open to the public once again.

Thanks for your support!



Discover a unique experience at our special visitor attraction.

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.

We’re available for group bookings and educational visits. Please contact Kate Hughes, Mill Manager on or 01946723335 to confirm times and ticket prices.

Some comments from our visitor book:

23/10/19 – “Fascinating tour with very knowledgable guides. Kids loved their very own replica of the watermills. Amazing tour, amazing guides, well worth the price.”

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

3/10/19 – “Best £4.40 I’ve ever spent!”

20/09/19 – “Brilliant exhibition. Our children were fascinated by the wheels, cogs, stones and interactive exhibits. They especially loved the model outside and grinding their own oats.”

5/09/19 – “A return visit after 17 years. Beautifully restored without losing the essence of a magical place. Thank you.”

25/08/19 – “The mill is really fun and exciting”

18/7/19 – “Delightful and interesting exhibition. Well worth the visit – best example of a working mill that we have seen.”

14/07/19: “Most enjoyable visit. Very good and sympathetic restoration. More than worth the admission fee!”

27/6/19: “A little oasis amazing place so authentic you can smell the years gone by and sense the atmosphere great original workings and tools and amazing restoration”

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. 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 Seathwaite (from the South) or Egremont (from the North). Roads over the fells may be closed too, so please make sure you check local travel updates.

If you are using a car, there are a limited number of pay and display parking spaces at Dalegarth Station on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. 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 bridge and turn right at the T-junction. Follow the road east past Dalegarth Station on your left. Follow the signs to the mill and after 500m turn left at the Brook House Inn.

Please take care of traffic especially on the bends and the main road.