Sunday, August 8, 2010

• hiking to Shalford Mill

A sunny day and new hiking boots ... so we set off on a 6 mile hike that led us past Shalford Mill ...

• one a working watermill producing wheatflour, today the big wheel lays silent while the water rushes by

• many of the original parts of Shalford Mill are still intact and we got to have a go at many wheels, pulleys and trapdoors the miller would have used in it's daily walkabouts

• a painting of how the water mill would have looked in it's heyday

.• a replica small grindstone and some wheat were accessible to try out ... turning the stones produced a grinding action that would grind the flour

• a full hessian sack of ground flour ready to be returned by the miller to the farmer

• a game of rope rings to finish off an enjoyable visit ...

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