The “Secret” Water Mill

The old water mill in Borrowdale, also known as Coombe Gill Mill, is a hidden gem in the Lake District not too far from Keswick. A lot of landscape photographers refer to it as the “secret” water mill and it has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time.

I finally got to visit this place recently after a spell of heavy rain, so the gill, or stream, was flowing quite nicely. Strictly speaking this location is not on public land, so it is a bit questionable as to the access, and it also looks like there might be some building work about to start in the near future on the mill, so how long it will be accessible and in its current state is anyone’s guess.

The mill is located up a marked path through a field not too far from the Seatoller National Trust car park in Borrowdale and wellies are recommended as you may need to cross the gill to get to the viewpoint from where I shot these images. (The car park is pay and display and even though they offer parking by phone app, there is no phone signal in the area).

Being respectful to the surroundings, getting low down in the stream offers the most common viewpoint of the mill, with the water cascading over and between the rocks. I was using just a polarising filter as I wanted to cut through the water to see the stones and pebbles underneath, and also just slowing the shutter down enough to capture a bit of movement in the water.

Shot on my Canon R5 with a Canon 16-35mm lens and Nisi CPL filter and of course my sturdy 3 Legged Thing tripod….

I am so glad that I have now visited this place, and with it being in the autumn months, the leaves on the trees were changing to the orange and brown hues that we associate with this time of the year.

Borrowdale Water Mill - Lake District

Tell us about your thoughtsWrite message

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top
Close Zoom
Content on this site is copyright (c) Dan Highton Photography