ESKDALE MILL

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

The mill will be closed throughout 2018. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £842,000 for the millís restoration. £75,000 from the Copeland Community Fund and other contributions make the total value of the project nearly £1 million, although we are still £29,000 short of our target.

Re-roofing and other essential repairs are needed to make the buildings weather-proof and ready to welcome visitors again. Machinery will be restored to full working order. There will be activities for visitors and children, with packs for schools. A new manager will move into the cottage when builders finish on site in 2019. National Lottery support will continue until 2021.

Volunteers kept the mill open for the last two summers, and will still have a vital role showing people around and doing maintenance jobs.

Construction work is scheduled to begin in April 2018 and be completed in one year. A new resident manager will move into the refurbished cottage. We hope to open the restored mill in June 2019.

New volunteers are always welcome and the Trust is keen to recruit additional trustees who live in or around Eskdale. For further information please contact Paul Pharaoh, chair of trustees by email here

A newly erected water-wheel will soon be generating power for the miller's cottage, and an income from selling the surplus into the national grid. For more information about our plans, the Heritage Lottery Fund project and the hydro-electric scheme, please go to the Mill Blog.