Acorn Bank Watermill

Acorn Bank Watermill was built in the 1820’s, though records show there has been a mill in the manor since at least 1308. It is a small country mill with a layout similar to a typical Cumbrian bank barn and is Grade 2* listed. Originally designed for milling oats, the mill buildings include a partially restored drying kiln, a bank barn with animal accommodation and a range of pigsties.  One waterwheel, a pitchback, has been restored and is in regular use turning the pair of French burr stones to mill wholemeal wheat flour. There are positions for 2 more wheels, both overshot, though it is not certain they were all present at the same time.  Previously the mill was operated by National Trust volunteers, but since March 2021 it has been leased and operated by Acorn Bank Watermill Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation formed by the former National Trust volunteers.


Access to the mill is via the National Trust’s Acorn Bank estate at Temple Sowerby, PENRITH, Cumbria, CA10 1SP. Turn off the A66 Penrith to Scotch Corner road towards Temple Sowerby and follow local brown signs to Acorn Bank garden. What3words location ///prep.painter.manly


Currently 11 to 3 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays while the National Trust’s Acorn Bank estate is open (generally March to October). There is no additional admission charge for National Trust visitors, but we can arrange group visits both within and outside NT opening hours, for which a fee is chargeable.


Entry to the mill is from the National Trust property on woodland paths which are passable for a wheelchair.  There is level access to the interpretation room and kiln but there are steps and cobbles in the approach to the mill yard, milling room and wheel house.


Currently we only sell 1.5kg bags of plain 100% wholemeal wheat flour. We are not registered as an organic producer though we mill from UK grown organic grain.


Flour is sold at the mill and, to a limited extent, at the National Trust visitor reception. There is no separate shop. Flour is also available at some local shops and farmers’ markets – see website for details.


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Children of all ages are encouraged to mill their own flour using the granite hand quern. Volunteers often bring in items they have baked using Acorn Bank flour; no charge is made for these, but a donation is invited.