Open day at the processing mill at Force Crag Mine (including transport)
Brought to you by National for Heritage Open Days Come and join us for a rare opportunity to visit the processing mill at Force Crag Mine.
- Booking essential
- Free event
To make this event more inclusive, we would like to offer transport for those who may have difficulty getting to the mine under their own steam. If you do not require transport, booking is not required. Please see other event post for more information on timings etc.
The processing mill at Force Crag Mine holds the most complete assemblage of metal ore mining machinery preserved in-situ anywhere in England. Although the underground tunnels have collapsed, we would like to give you this rare opportunity to take a look around the processing mill. Come and see how the rock ore being extracted from the mine was turned into the finished product sold to market. A rusty ‘tin shed’ beside a dramatic waterfall in a remote valley just outside Keswick – this building is a tribute to human engineering and ingenuity, and it has a powerful story to tell about humanity’s impact on the planet. Being the last working mine in the Lake District, having closed in 1991, it has been designated as an Ancient Scheduled Monument and a Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. Whether for its historical or geological significance, or simply for the views, come and take a look for yourself!
- Booking details
- Call 0344 249 1895
- This event is not designed for small children, ages 12 and up welcome!
- Meeting point
- Please meet us at Masmill Car Park from where we will take you to the mill– Nearest Post code CA12 5TW, Grid Ref: NY215245
- What to bring and wear
- Please remember that It is always much colder in the mill building than it is in Keswick. Bring warm layers, gloves and a hat. There are no shops nearby, bring your own food and refreshments.
- The processing mill is off-grid and so there is no heating or lighting. It contains steep narrow staircases, narrow passageways and is dimly lit. A hill must be climbed on gravel paths to access the building
- This event will go ahead, rain or shine. You will not go underground – the tunnels have collapsed and are unsafe. You will get a tour of the mill building The mill is at the end of 2 miles of unsurfaced track from Braithwaite village (transport directly to the mill is included in your booking).