SOLD: Heckbarley Wood £35,000 Freehold

  • Ennerdale Bridge, Whitehaven, Cumbria
  • nearly 3 ½ acres
  • Cumbria


With a variety of topography and ground conditions, Heckbarley Wood is fascinating mixture of woodland ecosystems.

Named after one of the subsidiary summits on the walk to Grike, Heckbarley rises gently to the north but contains several useful level areas that would be suitable for camping or creating a hide to watch nature and its comings and goings. A fringe of mature oak, the backbone species of native woodland, and ash, encapsulate a thriving mix of other native broadleaf trees. In addition are willow and alder, with smaller understorey trees such as hazel, rowan, holly and hawthorn filling their own particular niche and providing incredibly valuable forage for birdlife seeking to build reserves for a coming winter.

The woodland floor, is a diverse mix too: mosses, ferns and woodland wild flowers are plentiful. The early presence in Spring of primrose and bluebells indicates that this area has been woodland for a very long time. Later in the year campion, speedwell and golden saxifrage each appear in their turn, ensuring the wood is never short of a splash of colour.

The presence of deer and badger is well evidenced with paths and scrambles, scrapes and holes all there to be discovered. The threatened red squirrel is a welcome resident and is frequently sighted in the canopy or foraging below. A local squirrel protection group is active in the woods to help ensure their continued survival.

Bird life abounds with buzzards, woodpeckers, tits and finches amongst the residents. Their numbers swell in Summer with migrant warblers and chif chafs.

A small stretch of the imagination could easily visualise the scene, long ago, when the girt dog of Ennerdale terrorised these woods before meeting its end at the hand of man, nearby. In more recent times the locality was known for production of high grade iron ore or haematite. The many coppiced hazel stools evidence that this woodland was often harvested to provide charcoal in support of this now bygone activity.

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.

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 eastern and western boundaries are marked by red topped fence posts.

The southern boundary is marked by red topped fence posts along the track.

The northern boundary is inside the stock fence at the field edge as drawn on the detail map and contact plan.

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 056 162
  • Nearest post code: CA25 5HH
  • GPS coordinates: 54.5325, -3.45885

Location map


Heckbarley 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 (Heckbarley 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 a ride stop entrance on the left.

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 natural and very diverse broadleaf woodland in west Cumbria, right on the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk