SOLD: Blue Dub wood £56,000 Freehold

  • Ennerdale Bridge, Whitehaven, Cumbria
  • nearly 3 ⅓ acres
  • Cumbria


Blue Dub is a wood of mixed and diverse habitats, topography and ground conditions. Bounded by the River Ehern, which forms the Lake District National Park boundary, it as wild and unspoilt woodland as one might hope to find. Immediately beyond the ridestop entrance area is a large flat meadow. Mown regularly to keep back the bracken and brambles, an impressively varied selection of woodland plants has sprung to the fore. Seasonal maintenance of this area will maintain a rewarding return of a beautiful wild flower meadow.

The meadow is fringed to the north by a screen of formerly coppiced hazel, beyond which lies the chattering Horsegill, which forms the north westerly boundary of the wood. To the south is found the much larger River Ehern which has SSSI status. Notable for excellent fishing opportunities and a large population of endangered fresh water mussels. Pools in the river were previously used by local children for washing and swimming. They knew these as the Blue Dub pools, thus giving rise to the name of the wood.

Following the river to the east brings the start of the main body of the wood. A deer path through a thicket of blackthorn, with its autumn harvest of purple sloes, leads along the river bank. Marshy patches host patches of golden saxifrage, horsetail fern and marsh marigold. Alder and willow dip their branches in the free-flowing water rubbing shoulders with ash and birch in the drier areas. Along the hard surfaced access track are some quite magnificent and aged oaks, all hung about with a beard of aerial ferns.

Beneath overhanging boughs, small sandy beaches show evidence of use as otter entry points. Further up the bank the small pointed spoor of roe deer imprint the crisscrossing pathways. Even higher still, way up in the canopy, the much loved red squirrel still has a strong foothold in this wood.

As might be expected the variety of habitats supports a corresponding variety of bird life. Herons and dippers frequent the river margins and are easily seen, more difficult to spot is that underwater fisherman supreme, the kingfisher. Often only revealing his presence by an iridescent flash in the corner of the eye. Summer visitors such as chiff chaff and willow warbler swell the resident population of tits, finches, woodpecker and woodcock.

The wood benefits from the granting of planning permission for a 10’x10’ woodsman's cabin. Of late a considerable amount of new planting has been undertaken, over 280 trees including; Willow, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Dog Rose, Holly, Rowan, Oak, Bird Cherry, Wild Cherry, Scottish Fir and Maple. About 1100 woodland bulbs and 2kg of wild flower seeds have also been introduced, investing in the future diversity of the wood.

Several camping areas have been cleared and fishing access to the riverbank improved. Red squirrel conservation within the woods as a whole is showing positive improvements in the squirrel population and sightings have become more frequent.

This is a very rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful piece of woodland. Please do take a look at the two videos below to fully appreciate Blue Dub in its full glory.

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 southern boundary is marked by the River Ehern, the other boundaries are marked with turquoise painted top fence posts.

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 056 160
  • Nearest post code: CA25 5HH
  • GPS coordinates: 54.532, -3.46002

Location map


Blue Dub 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 (Blue Dub 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 Woodland 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. The main entrance to Blue Dub Wood is reached by following the track down the hill to a ride stop entrance at the bottom.

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

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.

A natural deciduous woodland and meadow with considerable river frontage near the Lake District National Park.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]