SOLD: Derhow Wood £56,000 Freehold

  • Nether Wasdale, near Wastwater, Lake District
  • just under 4 acres
  • Cumbria


Nestled in one of the scenic dales in the Western Fells, Derhow Wood has a series of glades within screens of rhododendron. The glades open to reveal areas of woodland dominated by beautiful mossy birch, european larch, oak & beech, with the occasional sycamore, sweet chestnut and holly. There are a number of interesting, mature character trees by the entrance, including several oaks which give Derhow its name, a hark back to the ancient Celtic language.

The upper part of the wood is younger and consists of naturally regenerated birch with some planted Norway spruce and pines. The trees are around 15 years old and this part of the wood is dense with a wonderfully wild feel. Other areas of the woodland were formerly plantation and was cleared around twenty years ago. The remaining larch trees are about 35 years old and their wide spacing has allowed birch to self-seed and become well established.

Derhow Wood and the surrounding area provides much wildlife interest. The croaking call of ravens along with the mewing of buzzards is often to be heard as they pass overhead. The distinctive call of the cuckoo, the drumming of woodpeckers and the song of blackbirds and thrushes form the soundtrack to the woodland in spring. Time spent in the wood brings many rewards. Robins attracted by disturbed ground are a constant companion with occasional sightings of spotted flycatchers hunting insects from the larch branches. An early morning visit will often reveal the presence of roe deer foraging through the wood.

Recently created pathways and clearings have opened the way to the heart of the wood and revealed views of the famous screes. A wonderfully designed Foresters Hut has been constructed at the woodlands highest point. Created with planning consent this is a great asset for the management and enjoyment of the wood. Composting toilets, together with seating and storage areas greatly add further appeal to the wood.

Derhow Wood is only a few minutes’ walk from Wastwater, the deepest lake in the National Park. From here you can take in unrivalled views up the valley. The valley of Wasdale is rich with history having been settled since the Bronze age, being the last area of land that can be cultivated before the wildness of the fells takes over. The more recent settlement was by the Vikings and the nearby church in Wasdale is not only the smallest church in England, but its roof supports are said to be made from a Viking longboat.

There are a number of B&Bs and pubs in the locality, as well as a very hospitable YHA Youth Hostel, Wasdale Hall which is a few minutes' walk from the wood. There are several other places to stay or eat locally, including the pub in Nether Wasdale and campsites and the hotel at Wasdale Head.

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, 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


These are indicated by turquoise markings: The north and western boundaries are marked by a line of posts. To the southwest and east the boundaries are the track edge and are marked in turquiose on the trees.

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 143 044
  • Nearest post code: CA20 1ET
  • GPS coordinates: 54.4286, -3.32292

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 main entrance to the wood.

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, bear right.
  • Continue for about a mile, past Woodhow Farm and Holiday cottages 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, go past a Woodlands.co.uk sign opposite the lodge and turn left up the stone track marked with a second woodlands.co.uk sign.
  • About 80 metres along the track enter the woodland on the left hand side by carefully crossing the fence next to the gate. Continue along the main track, the entrance to Derhow Wood is about 300 metres along on the right hand side. It is clearly marked with a name sign and ridestop with a woodlands.co.uk for sale sign board.

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.

A secluded and private mixed woodland in the very heart of the Lake District, within walking distance of the shores of Wastwater with a comfortable Foresters Hut.

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Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]