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Skidby Windmill

Skidby Cottingham HU16 5TF

Yorkshire's last working windmill is a magnificent sight, its four sails a noted landmark on the Wolds skyline. It was built in 1821 and lasted in business until the 1960s, after which it was bought by Beverley District Council and restored to full working order. Now owned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, it was restored again in 2010 and the sails turn several days a week (usually Wednesday to Sunday, wind permitting) to produce an artisan stoneground, wholemeal flour, made by the miller and available to buy in the shop. The original warehouses surrounding the mill still stand and are used as a museum of rural life – sometimes you can see the flour being bagged. There are also hands-on activities for children, a wildlife garden and play area, and a cafe in the courtyard, so it's a pretty good family visit at any time, even if the sails aren't turning. If you're coming specifically to talk to the miller and find out more about the mill itself, it's best to ring first to check the mill is operating.

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