Recruitment day 16th Jan

Come and Volunteer at Eskdale Mill!

Eskdale Mill at Boot is the last working watermill in the Lake District. This Grade II listed building, is set for significant development over the next few years – and we need you to be part of it.

Paul Pharaoh, the Trust’s Chairman says:

“Eskdale Mill is one of West Cumbria’s most interesting and unique tourist destinations. We welcome around 4,000 visitors a year and, with the retirement of the Miller are relying on volunteers to make each trip here a memorable one. Can you help?

From leading tours and bringing the Mill’s rich history to life, to explaining how the machinery works and even milling meal – our volunteers literally keep the wheels turning.”

Volunteers can become guides and eventually millers. Guides lead tours around the working mill, bringing its history to life and explaining how the machinery works. Millers, following six months’ training, will operate the mill to produce stone-ground oatmeal, keeping hundreds of years of tradition alive in the valley.

The recruitment day begins at Dalegarth station on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway on Saturday 16th January at 10:00am. Prospective volunteers will be given a short introduction to the trust and background to the Mill, We will then walk up to the Mill and be taken on a tour by the existing Miller.

This will give you the chance to meet existing volunteers and find out more about the roles available.

Volunteers are needed to cover Eskdale Mill’s opening times:

  • Easter to September – Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and Monday from 11.am until 4.30pm.

  • Bank Holidays and special events

  • Occasional other weekdays for special group tours, including schoolchildren.

For further information on the day or about getting involved please contact Karl Bartlett, the Volunteer Development Officer :- themillatboot@gmail.com

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Volunteers working on the Mills leat

Volunteer roles available

The miller helps operate the mill, harnessing the power of the Whillan Beck producing stone-ground oatmeal, keeping hundreds of years of tradition alive within the valley. Volunteers for this role should be reasonably fit as it involves some manual work, climbing steep ladder stairs and accessing the ‘lade’ at the rear of building.

The guide will lead tours around the working mill, bringing its history to life and explaining how the machinery works and selling snacks and souvenirs. Volunteers for this role should be reasonably fit as it involves frequent climbing of the steep ladder stairs. They’ll also need to be good at absorbing and retaining knowledge of the Mill’s history and machinery.

Other roles include, historian / researcher, practical grounds person /gardeners and eventually volunteer archaeologists of the site.

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