Acorn Bank Watermill Trust

Welcome to Acorn Bank Watermill

Opening 19th March 2022

Acorn Bank Watermill will be re-opening on Saturday 19th March after the winter closure of Acorn Bank. We will be open every Weekend and Bank Holidays with milling taking place between about 11:00am and 3:00pm.

Over the winter we have changed our information room with new displays and a video as well as a fresh coat of lime wash. We have also changed the access to the waterwheel so that you can get even closer and see it running. There are also new chairs and benches in the mill yard for you to have a rest. Come along and see what is going on.

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 Low Howgill Butchers and Deli in Appleby .

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The mill with snowdrops

The mill in the spring with snowdrops

Children visiting The mill


Children visiting The mill

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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