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 is now closed for the winter, but during half-term week volunteers will be opening for visitors between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm on Saturday 21, Monday 23, Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Saturday 28 October. The Heritage Lottery Fund will decide on our application for a major restoration grant in December. Information about opening in 2018 will be posted when we know the result.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Copeland Community Fund have awarded us grants to work up a detailed application for a major restoration programme and an improved experience for our visitors. If all goes to plan, we will employ a new miller when the works are complete. 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.