Located on the south bank of the River Wye at (SK182696) is the old Ashford Bobbin Mill. This is accessible heading east on the A6 at Great Shacklow Wood – just prior to Ashford-in-the-Water (see map)
This was formerly a bone mill which created fertiliser, and later a timber mill.
By the side of one building are two external iron waterwheels, the mill lead comes from a nearby weir up-stream.
Also close to the river and adjacent of the mill buildings, is a pumping house and a small waterwheel used in the past for raising water to Sheldon village (half a mile south and 500 feet above the River Wye).
You can walk through the Shacklow Wood to Sheldon.
(Images courtesy of The Roaming Picture Taker/Flickr – 2011)