Things to see & do

Pitstone Windmill

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Climb inside

The inner workings of the mill

Lovingly restored machinery shows how gravity combined with two types of stone (coarse Peak Stones and coated French Burr) were used to mill wheat into both animal feed and flour.

Interesting exterior

The unusual tail post at Pitstone Windmill

Pitstone Windmill is an early post mill so, unlike similar mills in East Anglia, it was turned to face the wind on top of a huge wooden post using a tail pole instead of a fantail or shuttered sails.

Open countryside

You can walk from the windmill to Ivinghoe Beacon or the Ashridge Estate across chalk grassland where you will find butterflies and wild flowers. Here's a suggestion to get you started.

Become a volunteer

Volunteers enjoy a day out together

If you'd like to join our team of volunteers and help us open the windmill more often, let us know. You can drop us an email or call 01442 851227 for more information.

Make a day of it

View through a woodland alley on the Ashridge Estate.

Pitstone Windmill is part of the larger Ashridge Estate, which includes 5,000 acres of woodland and parkland, a visitor centre, shop and café (not National Trust).

Events at Ashridge

There are no events at Pitstone Windmill in 2014 except our opening for National Mills weekend. However, at nearby Ashridge, a range of events including guided walks, are offered throughout the year.