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Windmills

Ashford and Tenterden boast some of the finest windmills - you can even grind your own corn at Willesborough Windmill.

Iconic landmarks; creaking, swirling sails - the majestic windmills dotting the landscape around Ashford and Tenterden simply shouldn't be missed.

Nothing evokes a more peaceful past quite like a working, wind-powered mill.  At Ashford's Willesborough Windmill, a red-brick base is crowned by a white-wood cone; slatted 'sweeps' or sails - whir gracefully around.  This Victorian white smock mill has been lovingly restored, and in the summer most Saturday and Sunday (and some Wednesday) afternoons, see volunteer millers grinding a strong, wholemeal bread flour.  Take a tour of the atmospheric interior, then enjoy tea and home-made cakes in Mrs Cobbs' Kitchen.  You can even grind your own flour on a quern stone before buying a bag of Willesborough's finest to get baking at home.

Just seven miles away, there's more historic sustainable power on display at Woodchurch Windmill.  this chalk-white Kentish smock mill sits proudly above the village, offering extensive marshland views.  There's been a mill at Woodchurch since 1660; today you can clamber around inside and marvel at the careful renovation.  Woodchurch Windmill is open in the afternoons on summer Sundays (and Bank Holidays), plus Saturdays in July and August too.

In delightful Stocks Windmill the village of Wittersham can claim Kent's tallest post mill - these are the earliest type of European mills.  Built in 1781, its white weatherboarding perches on top of a tarred brick base.  Inside find a cluster of mill-related artefacts, photos and souvenirs.  Stocks Windmill sits in the grounds of Randolph H. Sauter and Admiral Sir Edward Parry.  It's often open on summer Sunday afternoons.

Then there's the photogenic Union Windmill in nearby Cranbrook.  This Regency smock mill is Britain's tallest and still regularly grinds wheat.  Visit to clamber around its machinery-packed six floors, and take in great Wealden views.  Union Mill is open on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from April to September and also on Sundays and Wednesday, July 19th - August 30th between 2.30pm and 5.00pm. Special Event Open Days can also be found on their website.

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