How many times have you driven or walked past the brown signs for the Path Head Water Mill beside Pumphrey’s on Summerhill? If you’ve never been there, go and have a look – as I did today. It’s open to the public all year (closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays) and is excellent value for money, only £3.50 for an adult.
I was the only visitor on this blustery Thursday morning but I was made to feel very welcome, offered a guided tour, and given the opportunity to see the mill working. The derelict Path Head site has been painstakingly restored, and you can see exactly how much work has been carried out by having a look at the photographs displayed in the tea room.
Started in 1730 by the Townley family, the Path Head Mill worked as a corn mill until 1828. During its working life it was taken over by the Cowen family. Renovation is an ongoing process, and visitors are welcome to view the display area and discuss the wind and water power projects. For full details visit www.gatesheadmill.co.uk