Welcome back to Cotehele Mill
From the 17th May we will be opening our doors to visitors once again. Here's everything you need to know to help plan your visit.
From Monday 17th May, most of mill will be open again, however you may still find some areas closed to help keep everyone safe.
There's no need to book before visiting, but please be advised that entry is not guaranteed due to the mill's limited capacity.
We ask that you wear a face covering in all indoor spaces of the mill and sanitise your hands on entry.
About Cotehele Mill
Cotehele Mill sits beside the Morden stream in the secluded Morden Valley. To get here, just park at Cotehele quay and follow the signs to the mill, walking for around ten minutes along the morden stream under a canopy of ancient woodland.
It is believed that mills have worked in the valley since medieval times. The watermill here dates back to the nineteenth century and is still used to grind local grain into organic, wholemeal flour. On your visit, you may even be able to sample cakes and biscuits baked onsite by our volunteer bakers using Cotehele flour.
Walk round the back of the mill for an up-close view of the waterwheel. It has 56 buckets, each holding up to nine gallons (approximately 41 litres) of water. Normally, the waterwheel rotates at four revolutions per minute and can produce a maximum of 8.7 horsepower or 6.5 kilowatts. Unfortunately, the waterwheel is currently not able to turn due to recent storm damage to the weir. We are working hard to restore the weir and get the wheel turning once again.
Horse-drawn hay rake
The hay rake parked in front of the blacksmith's workshop would have been pulled by one horse with a small child on the seat squeezing the reins, probably hanging on for dear life.
During the nineteenth century many country estates and villages had workshops to provide specialist skills. At Cotehele Mill a group of workshops, such as a wheelwright's and saddler's workshops, have been recreated to give you a real sense of what the workshops were like in Victorian times.
Dogs are welcome on leads throughout the workshops and outbuildings. Sorry dogs aren't permitted in the mill building itself where we produce flour and bake but there are plenty of other nice places to visit together. You’ll find water bowls for your pup and a poo bin is near the bridge about 100 metres away.
Southern marsh orchid
Latin name 'Dactylorhiza praetermissa', this orchid is a native, tuberous, perennial that favours marshy ground. These orchids love the meadow and bloom prolifically in late spring/early summer.