SOLD: Carey Wood £85,000

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


Situated in the valley of a picturesque stream called Hell Beck, Carey Wood is a diverse and appealing mixed woodland in northern Cumbria. The lower slopes are planted with Larch and further up there are tall Scots pine. These trees are 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 back-drop to this part of the woodland.

The banks around the wet woodland 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 a interesting variety of ground flora including lesser celandine, opposite leaved saxifrage, meadow sweet, mosses and liverworts.

Along the stream, which forms part of the western boundary, dogs 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).

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. Red squirrels live in the Scots pine and signs of roe deer and other mammals can also be seen.

Access into Carey Wood has recently been improved and there is now an excellent network of forest tracks and parking areas. A camping glade and simple shelter can be found in the upper part of the wood as shown on the maps below.

Carey Wood is very close to a battlefield where, in 1570, Lord Hunsdon and Henry Carey defeated Dacre and prevented the fall of the West March of England. Known as the 'Battle of the Hell Beck' the battle was named after the stream that runs through Carey Wood.

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

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 for Carey Wood are indicated with orange 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 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 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.

An outstanding mixed woodland with excellent access and next to a golf course. Tucked away in a wooded valley with a stream running along the valley bottom.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]