Friday, 23 April 2010

Discovering the attractions on your doorstep

The great thing about being a reporter is that you get to go to the places you always meant to visit, but never got around to. And today I went to a great hidden visitor attraction, the Watermill at Little Salkeld.

What an interesting place to go. Nick and Anna have lived there for over 30 years and are one of the village’s main employers, running the traditional watermill that makes the four that they use for their baking demonstrations, classes and sell in the cafĂ© and shop.

It is amazing to see the power of water in action. It just begs the question why don’t we make more of water power.

I have been at the Watermill to make a video to release for the National Mills Weekend next month. Once the video is uploaded to the Messenger sites I’ll let you know through the blog. But in the mean time, if you live in the Eden Valley or are coming to Cumbria for a break, make the effort to visit Little Salkeld Watermill near Penrith.

On the open weekend, May 8-9 they are holding mill tours and bread making sessions (including two for bread machines).

The wonderful thing about this mill is that everything works as it did when first build, centuries ago – and we can learn a lot about sustainable energy and making the most of the resources we have at hand here.

It’s an interesting and tasty day out on my own doorstep.

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