Limited parking nearby.
No toilets, café or picnic area. Use nearby facilities at Ashridge Estate. Parking is free, but limited.
The Pitstone Windmill is reached from the car park by 100 yards of rough track. The round house portion of the windmill is accessed down a step and has restricted head room. The upper section of the windmill has 19 steps to the entrance and stairs, some steep, to other floors.
Rare example of an early post mill. Damaged by storms in the 1900s, now fully restored by local volunteers.
This unusual survivor is one of the oldest post mills in Britain. Pitstone windmill ground flour for the local village for almost three hundred years until a freak storm in the early 1900s left it damaged beyond economic repair.
Donated to the National Trust in 1937 Pitstone Windmill has been faithfully restored by a dedicated team of local volunteers. Today you can explore both the inner and outer workings of the windmill; including the massive post upon which the mill turns and the tail pole which the miller used to position the sails into the wind, while also taking in spectacular views of the surrounding Chilterns countryside.
Although its construction date is unknown, Pitstone Windmill remains one of the oldest post mills in Britain. Discover more about its origins as a working mill in the rural Chilterns.
Join the volunteering team at Pitstone Windmill and help us to tell the story of the oldest post mill in the country. Find out what’s involved and how to apply to join the team.