Things to do at Cotehele Mill

View of the wheelwrights at Cotehele Mill

A ten-minute walk from Cotehele Quay car park, under a canopy of ancient woodland and along the Morden stream is Cotehele Mill. While it’s believed that mills have existed in the Morden Valley since medieval times, this watermill dates to the 19th century.

Cotehele Mill’s waterwheel

Around the back of the mill is a close-up view of the waterwheel. The wheel, which has 56 buckets each able to hold up to 41 litres of water, rotates at four revolutions per minute. This means it can produce a maximum of 6.5 kilowatts (or 8.7 horsepower).

The water wheel at Cotehele Mill, Cornwall

Waterwheel currently not operational

The waterwheel is currently able to turn and we aren’t able to produce flour due to recent storm damage to the weir. The team is working hard to restore the weir and get the wheel turning once again

 

Grinding flour at Cotehele Mill

Head to the historic mill to see how it was used to grind local grain into organic wholemeal flour. When operational the millers manage to grind more than 7,100 kilograms of grain every year.

 

Artisan workshops

During the nineteenth century many country estates and villages had workshops to provide specialist skills. Recreations of these workshops can be found at Cotehele Mill.

 

Wheelwrights

The wheelwright would make wheels for wagons, carts, wheelbarrows as well as wooden parts for machinery on the estate.

Blacksmiths

As well as making horseshoes, the blacksmith would turn their hand to making and repairing a variety of metal tools for use on the estate. A horse chestnut tree and trough provides shade and water for the horses.

Saddlers

With horses often working on the estate, the saddler’s workshop was the place for making saddles, bridles and harnesses.

 

Baking demonstrations

Most days there’s a volunteer baking in the mill’s demonstration bakery, where you can try freshly made bread or biscuits. Many of these baked goods are organise and additive-free. The organic wheat comes from Tamarisk Farm, a tenanted National Trust farm in Dorset.

 

Path behind the mill leading to the wheel
Path behind the mill
Path behind the mill leading to the wheel

 

Visiting Cotehele Mill with your dog

Dogs are welcome on leads throughout the workshops and outbuildings. However, dogs aren’t permitted in the mill building itself where flour and baked goods are produced.

Water bowls can be found by the reception and outside the bakery. A dog waste bin can be found near the bridge to Cotehele Mill about 100 metres away.

 

Canine Code

To make sure that everyone has an enjoyable day, please follow our Canine Code:

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs. Especially around the banks of the stream
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.