SOLD: Bragg Wood £58,000 Freehold

  • Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria
  • 11 acres
  • Cumbria


Bragg Wood is situated with a westerly outlook, on the foot slopes of the western fells surrounding Ennerdale Water, looking down over the valley of the River Ehern. Located on the periphery of a larger plantation, Mother Nature has done her work well and native deciduous species are delightfully and naturally interspersed among spruce.

The approach to the wood is along a short track that although "greened" over, has a good solid base and will give a secure footing for most vehicles. From this track, a gated entrance opens into a wide turning and parking area with a very useful steel container cabin that is included in the sale.

An evergreen fringe of rhododendrons is pierced by a well-made path that leads through the wood. A belt of maturing sycamore gives way to planted spruce that continues to the very top of the wood. The spruce is well spaced and the more open areas have been colonised by a large population of native birch trees. The occasional beech puts in an appearance giving further variety to the wood.

A free-flowing stream bisects the wood and a small dam of slate has created a waterfall and pool beyond. Woodland containing features such as running streams and pools, benefit enormously by the added diversity of habitat. Whether it be invertebrate species, birds or larger mammals, all appreciate an oasis in the woods. The woodland floor is carpeted with a variety of mosses, together with ferns and sorrel, giving a pleasant verdant show in the understorey beneath the trees.

The woodland is frequented by a large variety of animals and birds, both large and small. Of particular interest is the endangered red squirrel that makes its home in the woods around and about. A secluded seat has been placed, particularly to facilitate quiet observation of the resident wildlife and contemplation.

The local area was once crisscrossed by a surprising quantity of railway tracks serving the local mining industry. Both iron ore and coal were extracted and the many of the nearby villages have a strong mining heritage. All this is long gone and agriculture and tourism have taken over. Nearby at St. Bees, is the start of the famous coast to coast walk, less strenuous walking can be found through the fields and along former trackways.

Bragg Wood, in this little frequented corner of Cumbria, is the perfect opportunity to participate in woodland management and conservation of our natural heritage. Or alternatively, just simply sit back, perhaps stay overnight, and watch and listen as nature unfolds before you in this peaceful, beautiful and ancient 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, the local community is well served by a variety of excellent B&Bs and pubs.

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

Access: A 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 a short internal track and turning area. A clearly defined path leads through the heart of the wood.

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 of the wood are marked by stock wire and dry stone walls.

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 024 129
  • Nearest post code: CA23 3EX
  • GPS coordinates: 54.5025, -3.50744

Location map


Bragg 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 (Bragg Wood entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

For Satnav; the postcode CA23 3EX is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map and coordinates are:N54:30:10 and W3:30:41

Or use our directions:

From the West;

  • Follow the A5086 through Cleator.
  • At Wath Brow turn right between the the church and the Little Arms pub.
  • Go down the hill and cross the River Ehern.
  • Turn immediate first right and continue for about 1 mile.
  • The gated entrance to the wood is on the left.

From the East;

  • Follow the A5086 to Cleator Moor.
  • At Wath Brow turn left between the the church and the Little Arms pub.
  • Go down the hill and cross the River Ehern.
  • Turn immediate first right and continue for about 1 mile.
  • The gated entrance to the wood is 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 our woodland book

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 mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland, located on the fringe of the Lake District National Park near Ennerdale.

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Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

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