WORK to reinstall a giant waterwheel in a Lake District mountain valley is almost complete.

The wheel, measuring 32 feet in diameter, is being built at the original home of the industrial feature – a former Victorian sawmill in Coniston’s Coppermines valley.

It was removed from the building in 1850 when the mine ceased operations.

The wheel provided power to the sawmill which was used to create flooring sections for the mine shafts – many of which were vertical drops and up to 15 feet wide in places.

Coppermines Lakes Cottages managing director Phil Johnston said: “When the opportunity came knocking for us to restore this beautiful original feature, we couldn’t say no.

"There’s no doubt that this decision will be welcomed by everybody, from local historians to guests. My team is already well-on with the work and I expect works to be fully complete in the early new year.

“We’re all really excited to be able to create more visual interest around this former industrial site, since deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest. I’m also really pleased to say that with the exception of one local contractor, all the work is being handled by my existing team members.”

Frequently used as a popular wedding venue, the return of the waterwheel to The Coppermines Lakes Cottages’ mountain location makes for a stunning addition and focal point for photographs of the bride and groom against the already memorable backdrop of the Coniston fells.