Industrial heritage tours

Join an expert volunteer from our friends at the Acorn Bank Watermill Trust for a free guided walk through the wider woodland and estate, where you'll learn more about Acorn Bank's industrial past.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Starting from the Shepherd's Hut, this guided walk will take you to the quarry via the historic Dalston oak tree, back to the drift mine and then down to the engine house with the option to elongate the walk with a visit to the watermill. The walk will take approximately 45 minutes or 90 minutes for those who choose to add on the watermill. These tours take place every Friday until October, and will also run Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May to celebrate National Mills Weekend.

The basics

Suitability
Children welcome
Meeting point
Meet at the Shepherd's Hut, near the entrance to the garden.
What to bring and wear
Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather - it's always sensible to pack a waterproof just in case!
Accessibility
This walk takes place out on the estate where paths can be uneven and muddy.
Other
Only 12 places are available, so this walk is offered on a first come, first served basis.

Contact Info

Name
Acorn Bank
Email
acornbank@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 017683 61893

Upcoming events

Garden plant and produce sale

Sat 28 May 2022
10:30-16:30
If you feel inspired by the your visit to Acorn Bank, take home a piece of the garden to plant at home.

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Acorn Bank

Sat 28 May 2022
10:30-17:00
Hunt for royal crowns in the woodlands and find seven special trees in the garden and estate on this family friendly trail. You'll test your nature knowledge along the way.

Flour milling demonstrations in the watermill

Sat 28 May 2022
11:00-15:00
Meet the millers and see the watermill in action with live demonstrations from the Acorn Bank Watermill Trust every weekend.

Industrial heritage tours

Fri 03 Jun 2022
14:00-15:00
Join an expert volunteer from our friends at the Acorn Bank Watermill Trust for a free guided walk through the wider woodland and estate, where you'll learn more about Acorn Bank's industrial past.

Vintage book sale

Sat 04 Jun 2022
10:30-17:00
Pop into our second-hand bookshop where, for one weekend only, there'll be a selection of rare and vintage books for sale. Free entry for National Trust and NT for Scotland members.

Apple tree and apple harvest sales

Sat 03 Sep 2022
10:30-16:00
Take home a baby apple tree, grafted from Acorn Bank's extensive traditional collection and ready to plant in your own garden.