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Acorn Bank Tearoom

Acorn Bank Tearoom


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, the second 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 1980s. During designated times the mill is in operation for visitors to enjoy.

Opening details

House, garden woodland walk and watermill, opening hours, 14 Mar-1 Nov, 10-5, 7 Nov-20 Dec, 11-4. Closed Tuesdays.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

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.

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Plan route to Acorn Bank using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 614283  Lat: 54.64859 Long: -2.59907

From A66 just north of Temple Sowerby, 6 miles east of Penrith.

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