Three mills visit is highlight of Askrigg’s summer learning

High Mill, Bainbridge, has a fascinating history. Picture by Christine Hallas.

By Betsy Everett

A unique opportunity to visit three private mills in Askrigg and Bainbridge is a highlight of Askrigg Learning Curve’s summer programme.

Historian Dr Christine Hallas will start by examining their history which spans the medieval period to the present day then lead a guided tour of the mills, none of which is normally open to the public.

They are West Mill in Askrigg, and Low Mill and High Mill in Bainbridge.
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The visit is planned for Saturday, July 1, from 10am-4pm, and starts from Wensleydale Sport and Leisure Centre in Askrigg. The cost including lunch and refreshments, is £30. Booking is essential by Friday, June 16, as demand is expected to be high.

Other classes in the Learning Curve programme include Suzanne Wright’s pottery hand-building on Monday June 5 and Monday June 19 from 1.30-4.30pm. The cost is £15 per workshop including materials and firing. Samantha Jennings’s social media for your business one-day workshop is on Saturday, June 10, from 10-11.30am, cost £10, and will be especially useful for small businesses and community groups.

Weaving on a card loom to produce simple but effective pictures is the subject of an all-day workshop on Wednesday, June 14, by Heather Clarke. It runs from 10am-4pm and the cost of £25 includes all materials and refreshments: Participants should bring a packed lunch.

And on Tuesday, June 20, from 2-5pm plant ecologist Deborah Millward will lead a wildflower walk around Askrigg and the cost is £10.

For more information and to book call 01969 650060 or email