Skipton: 'Whitfield' – Cotton, Walls and Water Sat 23–Sun 24 & Sat 30–Sun 31 July 10.00–12.00 & 14.00–16.00

posted 19 Jul 2011, 04:21 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 19 Jul 2011, 04:22 ]

'Whitfield' – Cotton, Walls and Water

County: North Yorkshire

Sat 23–Sun 24 & Sat 30–Sun 31 July 10.00–12.00 & 14.00–16.00

Explore the historic landscape around the remains of an 18th-century Yorkshire cotton mill site and the workers cottages, situated on the fringe of Embsay Moor.

Whitfield Mill was one of the first water powered cotton mills built in the old West Riding of Yorkshire.

Much of the remains are now under the Embsay reservoir, but traces of the former buildings and an early sheep wash area can still be found.

The walls of the workers cottages are currently incorporated into the boundary wall, which separates the former mill site from the complex of still surviving mill ponds and water catchment areas.

Moderate walk but partly on rough moorland paths of up to 3 miles – 1½–2 hours duration–walking boots are essential.

Free, Booking essential, via website

Location: Embsay Reservoir Car Park, nr Skipton BD23 6PP. There is limited car parking at the Reservoir at Grid Reference SD 999 544, which is one and a quarter miles north west of Embsay, along Pasture Lane.

Org: Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group
Name: Jane Lunnon
Tel: 01756 798791