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 In and Around Gayle

This picturesque village is now almost linked with Hawes. Duerley Beck is spanned by an old and narrow bridge and can also be crossed by a ford at a point where ducks and geese are often in evidence. There are two waterfalls, Gayle Force and Aisgill, nearby.

Aysgarth Church

The village of Gayle is living testimony to the Dales' industrial heritage: a community gathered around the textile mill, now a protected building and still housing the world's oldest operational turbine.

Gayle Mill - A new place to re-learn old skills in the heart of Wensleydale

Near Hawes, Wensleydale

Gayle Mill is a restored 19th century state-of-the-art sawmill, complete with Victorian machinery driven by water-powered turbines. Located in the village of Gayle just outside of Hawes the Mill provides the perfect venue to explore the tradition of craftsmanship in the Dales. The Mill hosts hands on courses, evening talks and demonstrations. It is run by the voluntary organisation Gayle Mill Trust and is supported by the Friends of Gayle Mill.

Day courses at the Mill are led by expert local tutors & artists. A local lunch provided by The Wensleydale Pantry in Hawes completes the day’s hard work. Workshops and talks take place on the spacious top floor of this classic Arkwright Mill, taking in views of the dramatic Wensleydale scenery. Throughout the year we run courses on Wheelwrighting, Blacksmithing, Upholstery, Lino Printing, Relief Wood Carving, Willow Weaving and have Experience Woodworking Days matched to individual skills. For a full list of events coming up at Gayle Mill visit or call the mill on 01969 667320 and speak to our Manager, Claire Lambert.


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