SOLD: Carey Wood £142,000 Freehold

  • Castle Carrock, Brampton, Cumbria
  • about 8¼ acres
  • Cumbria


The lower slopes of Carey Wood are planted with larch with tall Scots pine in the upper reaches. These trees are over 50 years old; a good size and well-spaced. The pines in particular provide an ideal habitat for the local red squirrel population.

A row of ancient beech trees along part of the eastern boundary are a notable feature of woodlands in the area. Some of these can be seen in the pictures below and form an impressive backdrop to this part of the woodland.

The banks around the marshy area create an amphitheatre-like area where the alder and birch stand with their roots in the wet soil, before an audience of sycamore, beech, birch and wych elm. This area supports an interesting variety of ground flora including lesser celandine, opposite leaved saxifrage, meadowsweet, mosses and liverworts.

Along the stream, which forms part of the western boundary, dog's mercury grows abundantly and a bank of bluebells can be found near the parking area. These species are ancient woodland indicators and Carey Wood is recorded as being a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS).

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.


The deciduous larch forms the main bulk of the trees in Carey Wood, these are supplemented by an area of similarly aged Scots pine. As the wood has been in existence for many years, a wide variety of native broadleaf trees have sprung up between the larger plantation varieties. Sycamore, birch and elm together with beech saplings are evenly distributed throughout. Understorey species holly, rowan and hawthorn, together with the occasional elder are dotted here and there. A line of majestic beech trees lines the northwestern boundary with the golf course.


Wildlife abounds in Carey Wood. Buzzards nesting in the valley are often heard calling overhead and are sometimes seen flying through the woods. Sparrowhawks also nest nearby and are frequent visitors there. The iconic red squirrels reside and feed in the scots pine canopy and signs of roe deer and other mammals are well in evidence. A local conservation group works within the woods to help ensure the red squirrels' continued survival.

The woodland floor is carpeted with sorrel and fern, it is an attractive place to find a spot to sit and watch the local residents; maybe a jay squawking noisily up in the canopy, or a dipper fishing in the stream, perhaps a deer, tense and alert, moving through the trees. As a guest in their home, patience is well rewarded with many a sighting.


The previous owner has installed a very well-built forest shelter of high standard, in order to facilitate the management of the woods. In addition to this extremely useful space, two small tool stores and a tepee style tent are included in the sale. A full list of tools and equipment included in the sale will be provided on viewing.

A small river, the Hell Beck, flows along the trackside boundary of the wood, this then enters the title of the wood before passing under the railway through an impressive victorian brick culvert. A wonderful enhancement to an already beautiful woodland it also adds to the variety of wild habitats present in the wood.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is via a double-gated entrance off the B6413. From there a well-built forestry track leads to the ride stop entrance to the wood. Within the wood, tracks lead to a level turning area and from there to the forest shelter and up along the golf course boundary. Although greened over these tracks have a good solid base and are suitable for vehicle access.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


Carey Wood is an ideal venue in which to spend time with friends and family, engage in a conservation project, watch the wildlife or harvest a supply of timber for the stove. An overnight stop in one of the open level areas would surely be rewarding as a large proportion of the resident wildlife is active throughout the darkest hours.

Local area and history

Carey Wood is very close to the location of a battle in 1570 known as the ''Battle of the Hell Beck''. Lord Hunsdon and Henry Carey, with their smaller army, defeated Dacre and prevented the fall of the West March of England. It was said that during the fighting the river ran red with blood thus giving rise to its name.

With the attractive market town of Brampton to the north and the Lower Eden Valley to the south, Beckside Wood is perfectly located. It is close to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The wood is also a short distance from Talkin Tarn Country Park and Geltside RSPB nature reserve, there is a good selection of B+Bs locally.

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries for Carey Wood are indicated with orange painted markings. The northern boundary is clearly defined by a line of mature beech trees and is bordered by the golf course. The western edge is bordered by the train line. The remaining boundaries are marked with painted-top 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. 86
  • Grid ref: NE 538 578
  • Nearest post code: CA8 1LR
  • GPS coordinates: 54.9165, -2.7265

Location map


Carey Wood is just off the B6413 between Brampton and Castle Carrock, about 20 mins from Carlisle and an hour from Newcastle. Satnav: the postcode CA8 1LR is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps.

Satnav coordinates are: N54:54:47 W2:43:15

Click Here for Directions From Bing Maps. Enter your own postcode, (the main entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the main gate close to Hellbeck Bridge.

Our Directions:

Locate Brampton From the A69 in Brampton take the B6413 south, signed Golf Club, Talkin Tarn and Castle Carrock.

After 1½ miles cross the railway track. Continue past the golf club buildings and golf course on the right and the turning to Talkin Tarn and Talkin village on the left.

A mile after the railway line the road drops downhill to Hellbeck bridge, the main entrance to Carey Wood is just after the bridge on the right hand side. Do not block access.


Walk along the main track leading down to the beck. Where the track forks, follow the track over the beck and around to the left. Carey Wood is to the right past the entrance to Hunsdon Wood.

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

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.

An outstanding mixed woodland with excellent access and a substantial forest shelter. Tucked well away in a secluded wooded valley with a stream running along the valley floor, yet within easy reach of the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road.

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Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]