Things to do 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).
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.
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.
The wheelwright would make wheels for wagons, carts, wheelbarrows as well as wooden parts for machinery on the estate.
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.
With horses often working on the estate, the saddler’s workshop was the place for making saddles, bridles and harnesses.
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.
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.
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.