Eskdale Mill

Eskdale Mill, Boot: Hours, Address, Eskdale Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

Eskdale Mill
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Eskdale Mill is the oldest water powered corn mill in the Lake District National Park. Dating back to the 1500's, this unique gem consists of Grade 2* listed buildings with waterwheels and milling machinery as well as a newly installed interactive exhibition, hydro powered waterwheel and self-guided tour for people of all ages and abilities. With a woodland area next to Whillan Beck and its cascades, this is a relaxing and interesting visit for all of the family. Learn how oats, barley and wheat was milled in Boot until the 1930's and find out more about the history of Eskdale valley.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Emilia
Kendal, UK8 contributions
Brilliant place
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were very happy when we arrived in Dalegarth station and it turned out we had wrong information and the Mill is actually open on Tuesdays.
My sister recommended the visit, she has visited previous year with two kids and all of them enjoyed it.
The Mill is a short walk from the train station and because it wasn't busy, we managed to walk in without a previous booking. Very nice lady at the entrance gave us some information about the Mill and she showed us the way around (one way system in operation).
What an amazing place! Great to learn the history of it, there is plenty of information boards around, with some activities for kids to have fun with too.
Working machinery was just mesmerizing and it was really easy to see how perfectly everything was working back in the day.
We spent just under an hour in here.
When you're in the area I definitely recommend to go and check it out.
Written 27 July 2021
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Giles_H20
Preston, UK26 contributions
Educational and historic
Jun 2021 • Couples
We had a lovely time exploring this historic mill, which was completely unplanned! Myself partner and little dog were staying at Eskdale campsite, and decided to go for a little walk. We came across this magnificent place, alongside the river and waterfalls. We met a very friendly gentleman who then took the time to talk to us, and tell us all about the Mill. It is also dog friendly, so it was a no brainer for us!

We learned a lot about the history of the mill, and we couldn’t believe how well preserved everything still is. There are lots of information plaques around, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Outside the mill it shows you how the water is used, and it was just beautiful.

Will definitely recommend, and we would love to return! The area here is just beautiful, not to be missed!!

Thank you again to the gentleman who works hard to keep this place going, you do an amazing job!

A huge thanks from Charmaine, Simon and Tirry 🐶
Written 1 July 2021
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That was really lovely to read - thank you! We're all pleased you had a fab time. And thanks for your support. Come and visit again, when you get the chance. x
Written 26 July 2021
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ian l
London, UK53 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2021 • Couples
A working 16th century water mill in the village of Boot Eskdale - No parking at the mill but park at Dalegarth Station or catch the train to there. Mill is 5 min walk away.
Exemplary signage and helpful staff make its working all clear. Brilliant views at the back of the mill of the water course and stream.
Written 12 June 2021
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Thank you for your fab review - much appreciated. Come and visit again when you get chance!
Written 23 June 2021
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Geoff S
2 contributions
Lovely little mill
Jun 2021 • Couples
Lovely, little mill. Everything labelled and the milling process explained. Volunteer Chris was on hand to further explain things and give guidance. Manager Kate gave background and told us the way to go round the place. Don't drive there! Take the train instead!!
Written 10 June 2021
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Thanks for your fab review - much appreciated. Glad you loved our special mill. Come back and visit again when you get chance.
Written 23 June 2021
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Linda T
1 contribution
Family Visit
Jun 2021 • Family
Very informative and helpful staff. Hundreds of years of history brought to life. Wonderful scenery. Model in garden simplified and explained by play the control of the flow of water to the wheel. Lots of fun! A place to sit and appreciate a slower pace of life.
Written 2 June 2021
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Really pleased you appreciated our special visitor attraction. Thanks for the fab review - much appreciated. Come again when you get chance.
Written 23 June 2021
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C Dog
1 contribution
Unexpected delight
Oct 2020
Well worth a visit; helpful staff, beautifully restored telling the story of the Mill and interesting facts about the local area. The cascades were amazing the day we visited and the outside area kept the children amused for ages.
Highly recommend a visit. Lots to see and do in this lovely village.
Written 29 October 2020
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Thanks for your fab review. Really pleased you all had a great time in Eskdale. Do come back and visit. Take care.
Written 1 November 2020
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Mr A
11 contributions
Fantastic, fascinating mill
Oct 2020 • Family
Visited today for the first time with our family (kids 8 and 14). We all loved it - lovely, enthusiastic and knowledgable volunteers; COVID-safe environment; brilliant to see the mill in action. Would highly recommend and we will be back.
Written 28 October 2020
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Really pleased you all gained something from your visit. Thank you for your fab review. Be great to welcome you all back. Take care.
Written 1 November 2020
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Ellen C
Bedford, UK66 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2020
Very scenic mill surrounded by woods and flowing river. Amble through here before your meal at The Boot Inn
Written 8 October 2020
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Thanks for your fab review. Do come bac k and see us next time you're in the valley.
Written 14 December 2020
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HawkerFamily
Nottingham, UK186 contributions
Short and sweet
Aug 2020
It won't take long, but it's worth a visit - price is very reasonable and the restoration work is impressive. There is a working water wheel, and the mechanisms inside are in motion to show how it would have worked back in the day. Staff were welcoming and the social distancing worked well via timed slots that you book in advance.
Written 15 September 2020
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Thanks for your review. Do come back again when you get chance. There'll be even more to discover!
Written 16 September 2020
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CookaDuck
68 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2020 • Family
This place is really amazing to see, beautifully restored, great informative displays and stunning scenery. Our children loved the toy at the end and played with it for ages! Well worth an hour or two, and then grab an ice cream from the shop next door.
Written 28 August 2020
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So pleased you all enjoyed your visit. Thanks for the great review. Come back again!
Written 16 September 2020
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Eskdale Mill is open:
  • Sun - Thu 10:30 - 16:30