Open day at the processing mill at Force Crag Mine

Open day at the processing mill at Force Crag Mine


Organizer: National Trust Borrowdale and Buttermere Valleys

Name: Force Crag Mine

Phone: 01768774649

Email: [email protected]



Braithwaite, Keswick
CA12 5TW

Price Notes

£5 per person



Brought to you by National Trust for GeoWeek and the Festival of Archaeology. Come and join us for a rare opportunity to visit the processing mill at Force Crag Mine.

The processing mill at Force Crag Mine holds the most complete assemblage of metal ore mining machinery preserved in-situ anywhere in England. Although the underground tunnels have collapsed, we would like to give you this rare opportunity to take a look around the processing mill. Come and see how the rock ore being extracted from the mine was turned into the finished product sold to market. A rusty ‘tin shed’ beside a dramatic waterfall in a remote valley just outside Keswick – this building is a tribute to human engineering and ingenuity, and it has a powerful story to tell about humanity’s impact on the planet. Being the last working mine in the Lake District, having closed in 1991, it has been designated as an Ancient Scheduled Monument and a Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. Whether for its historical or geological significance, or simply for the views, come and take a look for yourself!

In an effort to make this event more inclusive, we are offering transportation from the parking lot to the mill so please book our dedicated event page if you require transport. The processing mill is off-grid and so there is neither heating nor lighting. It contains steep narrow staircases, narrow passageways and is dimly lit. A hill must be climbed on gravel paths to access the building.

For more information and to book your place on transport if required, please visit our webpage.

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
27/05/2023 27/05/2023 10am to 3:30pm
16/07/2023 16/07/2023 10am to 3:30pm