Acorn Bank Watermill Trust

Welcome to Acorn Bank Watermill

Spring 2024

Acorn Bank Watermill will be opening on 16th March 2024 and will then be open each weekend and bank holiday until Acorn Bank closes in the Autumn.

Work completed during the winter

During the winter our focus has been on making progress with the second waterwheel project. We have successfully extended the launder to allow water to flow to the second wheel, including installing diverting devices so that water can be used by either or both wheels in the future. We have also found and taken delivery of a set of mill machinery to replace that missing set for the second wheel. The difficult task of getting the large pit wheel into the mill building was completed just before the end of the closed season and it can now be seen inside the mill.

Easter Egg Hunt

The popular National Trust Easter Egg Hunt will be starting on 28th March and continuing until 14th April. This year you will find some of the activities at the mill, so be sure to come along and see us.

BSL Industrial Heritage tours

The National Trust have organised some special British Sign Language tours this year to explore different aspects of Acorn Bank. The first of these is an Industrial Heritage Tour on 20th April when one of the mill volunteers will give a guided walk around the industrial heritage of the gypsum mine and the mill supported by a BSL interpreter. The tours must be booked in advance on the National Trust website

If you want to buy our Acorn Bank Stoneground Wholemeal Flour when we are closed it is available from the visitor welcome hut at Acorn Bank and from our local shops - Nature's Health in Penrith, Kirkby Thore Post Office and Stores, Stainton Village Shop and Alston Wholefoods.

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The Acorn Bank Watermill Trust

The watermill at Acorn Bank has been restored into a working state by a group of National Trust volunteers over the last thirteen years. In 2019 the mill was running regularly every weekend and grinding flour which was sold to visitors. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the National Trust to re-evaluate the operation of many of its properties including Acorn Bank.

The Acorn Bank Watermill Trust has been set up by the mill volunteers to continue to maintain and run the mill and keep it open for visitors to Acorn Bank. The mill buildings will be open to visit on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays when the Acorn Bank garden is open. Entry to the mill is free but access is through the National Trust Acorn Bank garden for which charges apply. Opening times for Acorn Bank can be found from the National Trust website, use the National Trust link on this page to find out when Acorn Bank is open. Find out about the progress we are making towards reopening the mill and when we are milling again by checking our Facebook page. The blog records the work that has been carried out over the years by a small group of dedicated volunteers.


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