Experience The Hobbit’s ‘Shire’ for real or watch bread being made the traditional way, at the idyllic Sarehole Mill.
That Sarehole Mill inspired JRR Tolkien’s description of The Shire in The Hobbit should come as little surprise. The 17th-century watermill is situated on the edge of an historic pond that attracts kingfishers, herons and those seeking a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can still walk in the footsteps of the young Tolkien, thanks to regular guided tours around the millpond and the idyllic Moseley Bog.
All this peace and tranquillity is deceptive, however; Sarehole is one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham and produces its own flour for sale. On special event days you can even watch the Victorian bake-house in action, with volunteers demonstrating traditional bread-making techniques.
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