You may recall that we recently visited the National Trust run Ashridge Estate recently. It’s somewhere i just know we will be getting to know more over the next few years. As we were heading home I we realised that we had an ideal opportunity to visit somewhere else close by too. We spent a short time discovering Pitstone Windmill, and I can thoroughly recommend adding it to any visit to the wider estate.
Set in a field on the outskirts of Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire, discovering Pitstone Windmill is easy to do. Although it’s not often to view inside, you can park up in a lay-by by the side of the field and walk around this beautiful old post windmill. Which is exactly what we did.
We often visit Brill windmill as it’s close to home, but discovering Pitstone Windmill is ideal for younger children as it sits on a very flat field without any cows to keep you company!
My son and I are both fascinated by windmills and love to get up close to them. My son is also certainly getting braver, as this is the first time we’ve ever been able to persuade him to climb a windmill ladder!
I was amazed when he just kept going.
He’s getting very brave these days. He even managed to get back down without any dramas. He was braver than me, that was for sure.
My Instagram page was awash with comments about the great colour coordination between my son and the wheel on the turning pole. I’d like to say it was all planned, but you know it was pure fluke! You might also have spotted this as My Sunday Photo last weekend.
My son loves engineering and one day I want to show him a windmill in action so he can truly grasp what wonderful machines they are. For now we will just have to use our imaginations.
Since we’ve come home I’ve done some investigating and I think we’ll try a walk from the windmill up to Ivinghoe Beacon at some point, as that’s still very much on our list of places to visit. But for now, we just enjoyed looking over towards it from the field as we returned to our car to head home.
Discovering Pitstone Windmill was well worth the stop and we will certainly try to get back on a day when it’s open to go inside in the future.
Have you been? Or can you recommend a windmill we should visit near you?