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Gayle Mill, Hawes, North Yorkshire

Gayle Mill is currently closed to the public. We are in the process of undertaking some repairs and health and safety upgrades to the mill and we hope to be back up and running during the 2020 season. If you are interested in volunteering at the mill, please contact us through our main office email - hello@culturatrust.org. Updates will be posted on our news page.

A complex project for the restoration of a Grade II * listed mill and associated machinery, turbines and leat, which had lain empty for more than a decade and was at risk. The site is also a scheduled monument. North of England Civic Trust became involved back in 1997 at the request of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and went on to raise funding of over £1.1 million from HLF, English Heritage, Yorkshire Forward and others, to acquire the mill and to project manage the restoration. The project was included on the BBC "Restoration" programme in 2004, reched the national finals at Hampton Court Palace, and was one of only a handful that had actually been completed when a Restoration Update programme was screened in the spring of 2009, having opened to the public in 2008.

A Friends group was established from the local community and from that, with the assistance of NECT, Gayle Mill Trust was formed. Gayle Mill Trust operated the mill as a centre for woodworking excellence, providing training in traditional skills, a visitor attraction and an example of energy sustainability within the National Park until March 2018.