Acorn Bank Watermill at Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill
Acorn Bank Watermill is situated on the Acorn Bank Estate, home to Temple Sowerby Manor and Acorn Bank Garden. A footpath leads through an ancient oak wood to Crowdundle Beck, the source of power for the mill. A quarter of a mile above the mill is a channel directing water from the beck to drive the waterwheels. The three wheels, each 12 feet each in diameter, turned four pairs of millstones, thesecond wheel was adapted in the 19th century to power the estate gypsum mines . Two of the wheels were overshot (operated by water falling into buckets from above) and one was a pitchback wheel (buckets were attached to its rim for raising water). Oats was the main product ground at the mill, the mill also powered the estate Gypsum.
Although this mill dates from the early 19th century, there were other mills at the same location from at least the 12th century. Acorn Bank was derelict until the National Trust began restoration in the 1980's. During designated times the mill is in operation for visitors to enjoy.
2012 - adult £4.50, children £2.25, family £11.25. Gift aid admission, includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% which will be put towards the restoration and upkeep of this poroerty. If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a gift aid declaration which will allow the National Trust group rate for booked parties of 15 or more, £3.75.
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|Notes||Garden opening hours, last admission 16.30. Tearoom open at 11.00 close at 16.30.|
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VenueAcorn Bank Garden & Watermill
Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1SP
Map reference: NY 614283 Lat: 54.64859 Long: -2.59907
From A66 just north of Temple Sowerby, 6 miles east of Penrith.
Parking : free
Nearest station : 5 miles (8.0 kms) from Langwathby station
Partial disabled access grounds have loose gravel paths, grass paths and undulating terrain. Accessible route map available. Booking essential for groups. Level access only available to upper information room in watermill.