Saxtead Green Post Mill
SAXTEAD GREEN, SUFFOLK
With its massive sails silhouetted against the sky and its brilliant white round house that revolves on its base, you will adore the post corn windmill at Saxtead Green – it will bring a smile to your face the moment you set eyes on it. It dates from the late 1790s and is still in working order. You can climb the wooden stairs of this three-storey mill; each floor is full of fascinating machinery, such as millstones and the massive oak brake wheel. At the top you can see the windshaft, on which the sails and their fantail are fixed. The mill is classed as an Ancient Monument and is cared for by English Heritage. An audio tour explains the workings of the mill.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Facilities: Handrails
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, Fri-Sat & BHs 12-5
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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