SOLD: Yemhow Wood £32,500 Freehold

  • Wastwater, Nether Wasdale, Lake District
  • about 2⅓ acres
  • Cumbria


Glimpses of the tops of Whin Rigg through the trees are a constant reminder of the spectacular scenery which surrounds Yemhow Wood. From a clearing in the wood, looking through the trees you see the Wastwater Screes rising dramatically from the depths of the lake.

Around 30 years ago Yemhow Wood was planted with larch. Natural woodland regeneration has played its part and birch now forms most of the maturing canopy with the occasional rowan and oak. A number of sweet chestnut trees were felled around the time the larch was planted. The regrowth from the stumps has created some elegant multi-stemmed trees, that along with a number of large beech trees, create character and diversity in the wood.

The Victorian influence on the woodland can be seen in the understory of rhododendron. A number of clearings and paths have recently been created and these are private areas within the wood that could be used for camping or as a base for exploring the area.

Sitting quietly, one becomes aware of the abundance of bird life. Great tits and blackcaps can be heard throughout the woodland. Disturbing the leaf layer quickly brings the presence of a foraging robin, eager to see what insects have been uncovered. By night tawny owls hunt through the wood and a sparrowhawk is often seen, displaying incredible agility as it hunts through canopy.

The woodland is a refuge for the endangered red squirrel and conservation effort is already active in the woods to ensure its survival. Take a look at this short film shot in a neighbouring wood; Squirrel in Snighow.

Where light has reached the woodland floor, a greater diversity of plant life exists: foxgloves, raspberry and wood avens can all be found in the eastern-most area of the wood.

A few minutes walk brings you to Wastwater. From here you can take in scenes that were voted as the best view in Britain by ITV viewers. This is an excellent opportunity to own your wood in the heart of the national treasure which is the Lake District.

Down by the lakeshore is Wasdale Hall that also can be seen from Yemhow Wood. The hall was built in 1829 and was the home (yem or yam in Cumbrian dialect) of the Musgrave family until it was given to the National Trust and set up as a youth hostel. There are a number of other places to stay or eat locally, including the pub in Nether Wasdale and campsites and the hotel in Wasdale Head.

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


Indicated by blue markings and are: the north and eastern boundaries are marked by stone walls along the road and track. To the west the boundary is marked by the internal track in the woods and is marked by blue on the trees. To the south, a line of posts has been placed along a line cut through the wood.

Find this wood

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


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 89
  • Grid ref: NY 144 046
  • Nearest post code: CA20 1ET
  • GPS coordinates: 54.4297, -3.32044

Location map


Satnav: the postcode CA20 1ET is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps.

Satnav coordinates are:

N54:25:36 W3:19:22

Click Here for Directions From Bing Maps enter your own postcode, (the wood coordinates are already entered) click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the layby described in our directions below.

Our Directions:

If travelling from the North, turn off the A595 at Gosforth and drive to Santon Bridge. Take the left turn signed to Wasdale, after crossing the river.

If travelling from the south, turn off the A595 at Holmrook and drive to Santon Bridge. Turn left at the T junction and take the next right, signed to Wasdale.

  • After nearly 2 miles cross the bridge over the river and take the right hand turn signed Wasdale Head and The Lake.
  • At the next junction, bare right.
  • Continue for about a mile, pass the 'Cumbrian Goat experience' Farm on the left and park after 200 metres or so in the layby on the right. (Please do not obstruct the field gate)
  • Continue up the lane on foot, past a Woodlands.co.uk sign opposite the lodge and turn left up the stone track marked with a second woodlands.co.uk sign.
  • Enter the woodland about 80 metres along the track on the left hand side by carefully crossing the fence next to the gate and the entrance to Yemhow Wood is about 50 metres along the main woodland track on the left hand side. It is clearly marked with a ridestop with a woodlands.co.uk for sale sign board set back a little way from the track.

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 sheltered and manageable mixed woodland, very close to England’s deepest lake, highest fell and ‘Britain’s Favourite View’, opposite the Wasdale Hall Youth Hostel in the Lake District National Park.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: davidandsarah@woodlands.co.uk