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

Eskdale corn mill is undergoing a major restoration of its Grade II* listed buildings and machinery. Work began in late July 2018 and willbe completed in time for visitors in summer next year.

The mill is owned by Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust, a registered charity, which has raised almost 1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria Fells & Dales Leader, the Pilgrim Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Mills Section, and North West Mills Group.

The roof, walls and internal structures will be carefully repaired, and specialist millwrights will restore the wheels and machinery to good working order. A new reception area, exhibition and information space for visitors will be developed, as well as an events programme and resources for schools.

Volunteers are working hard to support the work of the Trust, including researching the mill's history, recording its historic artefacts and restoring the grounds and gardens. The Trust is also looking to recruit additional trustees who live in or around Eskdale. If you are able to help, please contact Paul Pharaoh, chair of trustees by email here

We hope you will come back in 2019 to see our fully restored mill.

For more information about our plans, the Heritage Lottery Fund project and the hydro-electric scheme, please go to the Mill Blog.