Parents looking to entertain youngsters during the long Summer holidays can enjoy a free day out exploring historic sights and scenery in Skipton.

So says Andrew Mear, owner of one of the town’s oldest landmarks, the 14th century High Corn Mill, a free visitor attraction close to Skipton Woods.

Said Andrew: “When the weather isn’t great, it’s easy to stay indoors and allow the kids to entertain themselves – but the Summer holidays present the perfect time to explore the local area and see things there isn’t otherwise time to do so.

“Finding something that’s both free and fun to do is important for many families, so a day out with a picnic is still a great favourite.

“High Corn Mill offers 700 years of history and children can enjoy learning about it at the free, fun and educational Waterwheel House and see the ancient water wheel and turbine located in the heart of the building.

“Open seven days a week, visitors can see the inner workings and get a close up view of the giant water wheel and pull the handle to turn the wheel.

“For those parents with non-stop energetic children, explore Skipton Castle Woods. Home to rare ancient woodland sites, there’s a four-kilometre circular walking route (Earl of Thanet) that starts at the mill and showcases some of the town’s industrial heritage and the woods’ upper paths. Once completed, have a short break and refuel with a picnic at the front of the mill, next to the canal and river on the grass.

“Or exit the woods via the walls of Skipton Castle (well worth a visit, although this is a paid-for attraction) and into the town centre.

“After lunch go and enjoy a walk along the canal and see all the brightly coloured, different types of boats.”

The mill is situated just a stone’s throw away from Skipton’s award-winning High Street and is home to a mix of quality independent shops, health, beauty and wellness services and businesses.

Said Andrew: “The mill has parking facilities meaning its easily accessible for all visitors.”

For more information on the Earl of Thanet Walking Trail, please see

High Corn Mill