SOLD: Glebe wood £55,000 Freehold

  • Ennerdale Bridge, Whitehaven, Cumbria
  • nearly 3 ¾ acres
  • Cumbria


Wild woodland is by definition, an uncultivated wood or forest that has been allowed to grow naturally: Glebe Wood fits this definition perfectly, with many wonderful native trees growing shoulder to shoulder. Oak, ash and alder are the larger of the species present, interspersed with their smaller cousins, holly, birch, hawthorn and hazel.

Glebe Wood is accessed via a very good stone track to the ride stop entrance where a vehicle can be turned or wood stacked prior to transportation. The topography of the wood forms a natural amphitheatre; the level central area rises to the north, with further level areas atop the bank. Beneath the canopy a succession of woodland flowers mark the seasons, each in bloom at the appropriate time. Ferns, mosses and a variety of grasses ensure that there is always greenery even when trees are bare.

As one might expect, wildlife is prevalent. Shy roe deer lying up or passing through, perhaps on their way to drink at the stream, nocturnal badgers in their earthen retreat. Even the charming red squirrel burying nuts for the coming winter: a local protection group operates in the woods, with the owner’s permission, to help ensure its survival for future generations.

Bird life is no less prolific, with buzzards wheeling above, woodcock in the thickets, woodpeckers, tits and finches amongst the boughs. Their numbers are swelled even more in the summer months with migrant visitors such as warblers and chiffchaffs.

Glebe Wood takes its name from the formerly common practice of granting land to clergymen as part of their benefice. The presence of hazel coppice stools in the wood shows that historically income was derived from the land. Probably in connection with local mining related industries, previously prevalent in the locality. A glance at the OS map of the area shows a surprisingly large amount of disused railway tracks which serviced this activity. One of these, in particular, has been made into a cycle way featuring steel sculptures designed by local children

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

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

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 058 162
  • Nearest post code: CA25 5HH
  • GPS coordinates: 54.5329, -3.45612

Location map


Glebe 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 (Glebe 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 Woodlands 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. At the bottom of the hill cross the beck and turn sharp left past Horsegill wood. Continue along the track to the end and a ride stop entrance on the left.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

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 gloriously wild, deciduous woodland with access to a babbling stream, on the fringe of the English Lake District

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]