Stotfold Watermill & Nature Reserve

Mill Lane, Stotfold, Bedfordshire SG5 4NU
8 Mill Lane Stotfold England SG5 4NY GB

Stotfold Watermill, in its idyllic setting on the River Ivel, is unique. Having burnt down in 1992, it is now a Grade II listed watermill that has been completely rebuilt with three fully accessible floors to view. Some of the machinery survived the fire and has been restored. Notable features are the 4.4 metre wide overshot corn mill waterwheel which is the widest in the country, and the hursting frame originally installed in 1897 by Whitmore & Binyon. It produces stone-ground flour, which is for sale in the gift shop.

The adjacent 8.5 acre meadow, which as been officially designated a Local Nature Reserve has plantings of native trees and hedges and a wildflower meadow. Ponds of varying depths have been dug to benefit birds, insects and amphibians, and living willow hides and a pong dipping platform have been constructed. The Nature Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife and is visited by some rare countryside creatures, including otters and water voles.

The Mill and Nature Reserve is a charity run by the volunteers of the Stotfold Mill Presrvation Trust.

Facilities: Quality Stone Ground Flour, Tea Room, Gift Shop, Art Displays.

Opening Times: Open Sundays, March – October, plus special event weekends in May and October, (admission charges apply). Guided tours for pre-booked groups on closed days.

Randall’s Tea Room – 12.30-5.00pm. Milling 1.00-4.00pm

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