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Heritage Open Day at the processing mill at Force Crag Mine (including transport)

Brought to you by the National Trust 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!

Times

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Suitability

This event is not designed for small children, ages 12 and up welcome!

Meeting point

Noble Knott car park, Whinlatter Pass, Braithwaite, CA12 5TW, Grid Ref: NY223244, what3words:///conjured.slips.polite

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.

Accessibility

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

Other

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). We cannot accommodate dogs in the processing mill. Small well behaved dogs can be accommodated in the transport if other visitors agree. Dogs are welcome if you are happy to leave them outside the processing mill while you are on your tour of the building.

Contact info

North and West Lakes Office

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