Heage Windmill is a six sailed stone tower mill which was built in 1797. She was abandoned in 1919 after storm damage but was restored to working order in 2002 by the efforts of Heage Windmill Society, Friends of Heage Windmill, and the Midlands Mills Group. The mill is run entirely by volunteers, ‘The Friends of Heage Windmill’, who are normally dressed in period costume, styled to about 1900, when the mill was still in commercial use. The visitors are taken on guided tours when the mill, and the milling processes, are brought to life. VisitEngland approved. Recently awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2020. This is the sixth consecutive time the mill has received this coveted award.
If there is sufficient wind the sails will be turning and there is always the chance we will be milling stone ground traditional flour, which is on sale in the shop and at the local Farmers Markets in Bakewell. The windmill will freewheel in a light wind 5-10mph and produce flour 10-25mph. Wind speeds higher than 25mph will cause a safety shutdown.
VISITING, DIRECTIONS, PRODUCE, CATERING, AND ACCOMMODATION
Opening Hours: April to October including Easter weekend Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11.00am – 4.00pm.
Also open one Saturday morning a month through winter months – details are advised on website and Facebook.
Access: Wheelchair access to the shop, toilet facilities, and the visitor centre located in the mill undercroft where there are displays telling the story of the mill. A Virtual Reality computer tour enables those who feel unable to face the steep stairs, to see all parts of the mill.
Directions: The mill is located off Chesterfield Road just to the North of the Derbyshire village of Heage. The entrance road is opposite the Bowmer and Kirkland offices. Car parking is available free on site.
Directions from the M1: Leave M1 at junction J28 and take the A38 towards Derby and Matlock. Stay on A38 for about 6 miles. Take the exit signposted Ripley and, on the roundabout, take the fourth exit, to Ambergate, A610. After about a mile you will reach traffic lights. Just after the lights take a left fork (past the Excavator pub). Follow the B6013 for less than a mile. The windmill entrance is on the right, opposite Bowmer and Kirkland offices.
Directions from the A6 If travelling from the South, take the A6 North out of Belper. If travelling from the North , take the A6 South out of Cromford and Whatstandwell. At the North side of Ambergate take the main road opposite the Hurt Arms. After less than a mile take the first right signposted Heage. After some two miles you will come to the end of this road at a T-junction. Turn left. You will shortly go up a steep hill. At the junction at the top turn left, then left again. The windmill entrance is after the rows of houses on your left, and opposite Bowmer and Kirkland offices.
See map: Google Maps
Products: All the flour we sell at Heage Windmill is stoneground at the mill from English wheat, harvested in a traditional way, in a natural environment free from synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. When the grain is passed directly through the millstones what comes through is wholemeal flour. Nothing is added, nothing is taken away. To obtain our other flour products, the wholemeal has to be sifted by passing it through the flour dresser. Because this involves an extra process, the other flours are a little more expensive. All the products are packed by hand. Since we rely on a good wind, and volunteers, flour sales are subject to availability. Quoted weights are averages. Wholemeal (1.5 kg) £2.50. White (1.5 kg) £3.00. Middlings (1.5 kg) £3.00. Fine Bran (1kg) £1.50. Coarse Bran (750gm) £1.00.
Shop : The Visitor Centre shop has light refreshments, drinks and ice cream on sale.
Flour also on sale at Bakewell market.
Wholesale/Trade: Please Note – We do not offer flour for sale in commercial quantities.
Catering: In the Visitor Centre hot and cold drinks, light refreshments and ice creams are available Picnic tables are available for those with their own food.
Events: Special events are organised through the year such as tractor days, car clubs, vintage motorcycles, art challenge, and Santa Day. Some visitors come just for the marvellous views!