The imposing Gayle Mill stands proudly against the green and pleasant land of Upper Wensleydale in the northern Yorkshire Dales. Built in 1784 by two local entrepreneurs, it originally started life as a cotton mill but over the years it’s also been used as a spinning flax, a sawmill and to supply wool to the cottage industries in the dale.
Over the last half of the 20th Century the mill fell into disrepair but a recent 4 year restoration has seen this stunning building restored to its former glory. It is now a fantastic heritage attraction offering Yorkshire tourists a whole host of experiences dating back to more traditional times in these parts.
Why you should visit Gayle Mill in Wensleydale
Gayle Mill run a huge variety of really interesting and unique workshops and courses throughout the year offering its visitors the opportunity to learn a wide range of traditional heritage crafts and skills. What better way to spend part of your holiday to Yorkshire…
Just some of the courses on offer:
- Dry stone walling
- Lino printing
- Basket weaving
- Stain Glass making
- Wood carving
And our favourite, ‘Make a Pig in a Day’ showing you how to craft your very own willow pig. Fantastic!
There are lots of other great courses to choose from, and there are lots of family fun days / events for children at the mill throughout the year.
You can see all of the courses on offer for 2015 on their website: Gayle Mill Wensleydale
Gayle Mill – Where to stay
We have several cottages within easy reach of Gayle Mill including:
- Burtersett Cottage – Lovely 2-bedroom cottage with a cosy wood burner in the kitchen and roaring open fire in the lounge
- Fell View Cottage – A gorgeous 3-bedroom holiday cottage tucked away in a secret valley in Wensleydale
- Waterside Cottage – a stunning 2 bedroom cottage looking out onto Aysgarth Falls
Our you can click here to view all of our Yorkshire Dales Holiday Cottages