Heatherslaw Mill

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We visited Heatherslaw Corn mill in June, in a family group.

Heatherslaw Corn mill is situated on the banks of the River Till, between the beautiful villages of Ford and Etal.

There has been a Water Mill on the site since before 1300. Today Heatherslaw Corn Mill which is powered by a 16ft Water Wheel still ,grinds corn from local fields as it has done for centuries.

It is now Northumberland's only remaining working mill. Visitors can watch the milling process from start to finish, seeing 21c Milllers at work.- we found this fascinating.

There is a car park immediately outside the Mill. We called at the Visitor Centre first, this is just facing the Mill. The Visitor Centre is spacious with lots of information on the Mill and the surrounding area.

There are a variety of admission charges The most expensive being £3.75 for an adult, there are concessions at £2.75 and further reductions for groups of people for example two adults with two children £10.00.

Visitors can explore this historic building, have a tour showing the Milling Process, buy from the shop, which has a huge range of flours, breads and gifts and enjoy home baking at its best in their Tea room.

As well as learning about the Milling Process through the ages There is a lot of detail .about local life past and present. There is a Victorian Home corner, an area where Victorian objects can be handled. For children there are dressing up clothes and books.

We visited the café, which is one of the most relaxing places I have ever stopped for a cup of tea. It overlooks the River Till, you can hear the River rushing by as you sit taking in the beautiful view. The home baking I thought to be delicious and the service I found to be excellent..

I think it is worth mentioning that the café is accessed by steps. I use a walking stick and I managed, but of course everyone is different. For those that are unable to access the café staff will bring over food and drink to the ground floor Visitor Centre.

Alongside the Mill is Heatherslaw narrow gauge railway, here you can buy a ticket for the little steam train which will take you through some beautiful countryside to the village of Etal.

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