One of Skipton’s oldest landmarks, the 14th century High Corn Mill, has seen tourist numbers rise following an increase in the town’s footfall of 1.2% within the last 52 weeks.*  

Owner of the historic mill, Andrew Mear said: “It’s great news that the town’s footfall levels are up by 1.2% as it’s a boost for the local area. The figures also suggest that the town’s footfall is up 2.5%* on the national average, which is superb!   

“It’s also encouraging to see so many people coming to the mill and taking advantage of its free attractions.”

It is the second year in a row that High Corn Mill has enjoyed uplifting visitor numbers.

Last year, the mill, situated at the entry to Skipton Castle Woods, enjoyed a 40% increase in tourist numbers.

Built in 1310, the mill was originally established by Robert de Clifford to grind corn for the castle and the town. After being purchased by the Mear family in 1990, High Corn Mill took on its most recent incarnation as home to a portfolio of independent shops and businesses.

The ancient water wheel which once powered the mill’s grinding stones, now the focal point of the free visitor attraction, can still be turned using a special handle. Sat alongside it, Eller Beck now powers a carbon neutral water turbine which generates enough energy to supply all the businesses within the mill, plus the surrounding residential areas. The mill also features several industrial artefacts and an exhibition about its 700-year history.

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* Information taken from Skipton BID’s footfall counter analysis for the period ending 17th June 2019.

High Corn Mill