Around the Mill

Walking around, you’ll find that the mill is surrounded by pink stone buildings constructed from Eskdale granite. This includes the adjacent Miller’s Cottage which is home to our mill manager. You’ll also notice old farm buildings and barns. This group of historic buildings gives Boot village its distinct character.

During the 1800’s, a row of additional cottages was built for workers who were employed in the nearby Nab Gill iron ore mine. These cottages which are built from Whitehaven brick, are now whitewashed and of a notable different style of architecture. Evidence of the mines and the funicular railway can still be seen on Boot Bank overlooking the mill.

A packhorse bridge over Whillan Beck marks the gateway to the fells in the north above Boot. This is an ideal starting point to explore Eskdale’s stunning hinterland leading to Wasdale and beyond. This takes in Eskdale Moor, Burnmoor Tarn and the rich prehistoric heritage of Brat’s Hill and White Moss stone circles.

The scenic Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway’s narrow gauge steam train, affectionately known as ‘Laal Ratty’ takes passengers to and from the Roman village of Ravenglass. This terminates at Dalegarth station, just 10 minutes walk away where there is a sizeable car-park and the ‘Fell-bites’ cafe. Originally, the train line was built for the mining and quarrying industries within Eskdale.

The mill is close to the Boot Inn and the Brook House Inn. Both are fine hostelries which provide homemade menus and a selection of real ales throughout the day. You can stock up on gifts, essentials and refreshments at the Boot village ‘Old Post Office’ gift shop or find groceries at the nearby National Trust ‘Eskdale Campsite’ shop.