Staithes Wood £55,000 Freehold
- Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria
- just under 4 acres
Ride stop entrance
Early summer canopy
Wildlife watching spot
Staithes woodland residents
Western boundary track
Moss and fern carpet
Woodpecker feeding stump
Tree framed access track
Staithes Wood sits on the fringe of the much larger Rowbank Woods. The wood is approached via a tree framed access track that wends through the trees, providing an excellent introduction to the woodland as a whole. A high canopy is created by the well spaced conifers, giving a very welcome and pleasant open feel at ground level. This is complemented by a healthy understorey which then helps to close the wood in, creating the feel of seclusion. The landscape slopes gently to the north, levelling out as it approaches the track boundary. A carpet of mosses and ferns interspersed with patches of sorrel make for comfortable walking to all parts of the wood. A rustic bench has been formed from timber from the wood, to give a welcome resting and wildlife watching spot.
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.
Mature Scots pine, with a scattering of larch, make up the majority of the large tree stock within the wood. Following well managed thinning, a healthy population of self seeded native broadleaves have been allowed to establish a welcome presence. Birch, sycamore, beech and the occasional oak are evenly distributed beneath the conifers. Perhaps surprisingly for these northern latitudes, sweet chestnut and hornbeam have also established viable populations. Alongside, smaller trees such as holly, hawthorn and elder coexist, and will form a healthy understorey as their larger cousins leave them behind in their quest for light.
The wood is a haven for bird life. Tree creepers are attracted to the insect life that shelters in the large trunks of the conifers. Small feeding flocks of birds flit through the understorey, buzzards regularly glide through the tree tops, shy jays feed in the wood and woodcock, blending into the bracken, whirr out from underfoot. Standing deadwood provides a well stocked larder for the percussive hammering of local woodpeckers.
A transient population of roe deer can best be seen foraging through the woods at the favoured times of dawn and dusk. Well marked trails evidence the habitual nocturnal runs of fox and badger. Staithes Wood is also home to the iconic red squirrel which retains a foothold in the wood. A local protection group is active in the woods ensuring its presence for future generations.
Slow to colonise plants such as bluebell and primrose are found throughout Staites Wood These are strong indicators that it has been woodland for many years and indeed it is designated a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). The wood was cleared and replanted with larch and Scots pine in the 1960s. A current management plan for the wood has been prepared with the assistance of Cumbria Woodlands. This has been made available for any owner of the woods to use if desired.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access by road: once the public highway has been left behind a high grade, hard, gated track leads through the wood to the ridestop entrance. A small timber stacking area is present to assist with management and conservation of the wood.
Access by rail: Perfectly located for those wishing to visit their woods by train, Brampton Station is just 17 minutes from Carlisle and a little over an hour from Newcastle. Trains by Northern Rail.
Rights and covenants
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.
The wonderful variety of trees and planting are in an ideal state for selective thinning of the mature conifers to be undertaken. This would allow the native deciduous trees to assert themselves and take over the space created. A very useful supply of domestic firewood could be sourced from this sympathetic process, as well as contributing to the management of the woodland to encourage and increase bio-diversity.
A small timber stacking area is present to assist in management and conservation of the woodland as a whole.
Local area and history
The old Alston to Brampton railway line is now a footpath which runs through a cutting on the north-eastern boundary of the wood. Staithes Wood; which is a short and pleasant walk from the railway station, takes its name from the unloading facilities down the line which were used to discharge stone and coal brought down from the surrounding moorland. This line, affectionately known as "The Dandy" also operated a horse drawn passenger service from Brampton town to Brampton Junction in the late 1800's.
Staithes wood is also within easy reach of the pleasant market town of Brampton with a wide variety of local services. In the wider area is the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with plenty of B+Bs locally catering for visitors to the not too distant Hadrians Wall.
The boundaries of the wood are marked by purple painted topped posts.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 86
- Grid ref: NY 541 602
- Nearest post code: CA8 1HW
- GPS coordinates: 54.9352, -2.71636
Staithes Wood is just off the A69 south of Brampton, about 20 mins from Carlisle and an hour from Newcastle.
Satnav: the postcode CA8 1HW is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps. Satnav coordinates are: N 54 : 55 : 58 W 2 : 42 : 11
Click Here for Directions From Bing Maps enter your own postcode, (Staithes Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the main gate close to Brampton Station.
- Locate Brampton
- And take the A689 east from the junction with the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road.
- After a ¼ mile turn right signed for Brampton Station.
- After another ¼ mile park at the end of the road close to the Station.
- Pass through the wooden pedestrian gate which leads to the station platform and turn sharp right.
- Walk parallel with the railway track for 200 metres and pass through the kissing gate.
- Follow the footpath round to the right for 300m before taking the left fork opposite a small, fenced transformer.
- Follow this track past an area of new planting on the right to the point where two paths cross.
- Turn right along the track to find the entrance to Staithes Wood,100m on the left hand side.
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.