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Farfield Mill walkOriginally built by local businessman Joseph Dover in 1837, Fairfield Mill, was one of five working mills in Sedbergh. After his death in 1839 his two sons James and John carried on the business, which stayed in the family over 100 years, with textile production continuing on the site for over 200 years until the mid-1992 when the mill closed.

In 1993 a local group established by members of the community began fundraising to purchase the Mill to preserve Sedbergh’s textile heritage. Today, Fairfield Mill is a fully restored Victorian woollen mill, the only working mill left in the Western Dales, complete with its working original Hutchinson & Hollingworth Dobcross looms.

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Alongside this the Mill is also home to one of the UK’s leading venues for textile arts, a vibrant community of 20 resident artisan makers, with a further 60 makers showcasing traditional and contemporary arts and crafts on site.

Throughout the year visitors can explore the Heritage displays, experience the working looms in action, discover the regularly changing exhibitions, take part in the regular craft workshops and demonstrations, as well as having the chance to purchase arts and crafts from the array of artists and makers on site, as well as enjoying a cuppa and a slice of cake in the café.

Click here for a description of a beautiful walk to Farfield Mill along the river Rawthey

For more information visit www.farfieldmill.org