SOLD: Ehern Wood £59,000 Freehold

  • Ennerdale Bridge, Whitehaven, Cumbria
  • just over 5 ¼ acres
  • Cumbria


Ehern Wood is a fine representation of how woodland once was across the country. With extensive frontage along the river, from which the wood takes its name, this is a wood that has been untouched by man for many years. The river, that has SSSI status, boasts excellent fishing with both sea trout and salmon caught in season; local advice can be sought at the nearby fishing club. It is also one of the last refuges of the fresh water mussel, a surprisingly large mollusc that is a protected species.

Another endangered animal, the native red squirrel, also frequents the wood. A local protection group operates in the woods, with the owner’s permission, to promote its survival for future generations.

The wood has a wide variety of habitats, each supporting the plants and animals that are happiest in these specific habitats. Alder and horsetail ferns are found in the more damp areas, while hazel coppice, holly and rowan flourish on the dryer slopes. An open and level river terrace has on its fringes some of the biggest specimens of sycamore and oak one could hope to see. Beneath the rich and varied canopy, a plethora of wild flowers flourish as the seasons unfold. The photographs below give a taste of their glory.

One can easily imagine the legendary Girt dog of Ennerdale seeking refuge in these woods before it was hunted down by farmers, aggrieved at the loss of their sheep. Large mammals of quieter disposition still find a home here, roe deer, badgers and otters have all been sighted at one time or another.

Overgrown coppice stools provide evidence of the woodlands distant, industrial past. Where the river cuts in to the bank, small pieces of coal give a clue to the purpose of the many, now disused, railway tracks and buildings in the area. One of these in particular, has been made into a cycle way featuring steel sculptures designed by local children.

Ehern wood, in this little frequented corner of Cumbria, is the perfect opportunity to participate in woodland management and conservation of our natural heritage. Or quite simply to sit back, maybe camp overnight, and watch and listen, as nature unfolds before you in this peaceful and beautiful location.

Locally: With the charming village of Ennerdale Bridge less than four miles away, this is a quiet and little visited corner of the Lake District. Nearby, Ennerdale Water is rated as Cumbria's most secluded lake. However there are plenty of B&Bs and pubs serving the local community and the St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay coast to coast path, which passes to the north of the wood.

Sporting rights: These are owned and included with the land along with the fishing rights.

Access: A locked gateway leads off a quiet country lane along a solid track, where there is a full right of way (suitable for most cars) to the woodland entrance, leading to internal paths, clearings and a timber stacking area and vehicle turning point.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are marked on all sides by purple topped fence posts except the river frontage. The river Ehern marks this boundary.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 303
  • Grid ref: NY 059 160
  • Nearest post code: CA25 5HH
  • GPS coordinates: 54.5311, -3.45469

Location map


Ehern Wood is about 6 miles south of Whitehaven and about 23 miles west of Keswick.

For Directions From Bing Maps CLICK HERE enter your own postcode (Ehern Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode CA25 5HH is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are:N54:31:75 and W3:28:26

Or use our directions:

From the West: Follow the A5086 through Cleator Moor and turn right onto Red Beck Lane. Follow the lane for about a mile and pass a small cluster of houses. After a few hundred metres you will pass the first Woodlands entrance. Continue up the road to the second entrance, park in the gateway into the woods on the right, next to the Woodlands for sale sign.

From the East: Shortly before reaching Rowrah, take the left turn signed to Salter. Turn right and immediately left at the staggered crossroads by the school. Follow the lane for about two miles. The lane drops down steeply and crosses a small beck, continue for few hundred metres until you reach the entrance on the left. Park in the gateway into the woods next to the Woodlands for sale sign.

Enter the woodland by carefully climbing the gate and follow the track. At the bottom of the hill cross the beck and turn sharp left past Horsegill wood. Continue along the track to the end, to a ride stop entrance on the right.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

A riverside broadleaf woodland on the fringe of the Lake District National Park.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk