Eskdale Mill in Boot seeks volunteers after restoration

AFTER a major restoration in 2018, Eskdale Mill in the small village of Boot has now been running its two waterwheels.

These in turn drive historic milling machines inside, all of which date back to 1547.

Mill volunteers make the visitor experience even more special by demonstrating some of the equipment and explaining the special history of its role in the valley.

As a charity, Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust offers volunteer roles at Eskdale Mill, ranging from mill operators, receptionists and tour guides to gardening, hands-on conservation and hands-on DIY. There is now a particular drive to recruit new volunteers to help support visitor services and wildlife projects.

All that is required is a commitment to volunteering one day a fortnight, a reasonable level of fitness, an ability to learn new skills and work in a team.

Mill Manager Kate Hughes said: “Eskdale Mill is a special place steeped in history and nature. Now we can open it 5 days a week for people to enjoy its collection of interesting spaces.

“People can spend quality time in an idyllic landscape where a variety of volunteer opportunities are also available. The best part of my job is to facilitate exceptional experiences for a range of users who fall in love with the This helps keep the history alive for generations to come.

All current volunteer work here is kindly supported by the Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria Community Foundation, Friends of the Lake District and the Lake District Foundation.