SOLD: Hefthill Wood £86,000 Freehold

  • Canny Hill, Newby Bridge, South Lakes
  • about 7.9 acres
  • Cumbria


Hefthill Wood is a woodland mosaic of many habitats; young pioneer birch trees mixed with conifers have re-colonised the ground where a plantation of spruce trees was felled some years ago. Open areas of rock provide the opportunity for mosses and lichens to flourish as well as creating basking spots for reptiles. These rocky outcrops also provide good viewing points from which you can see along the length of Lake Windermere and around to the surrounding fells.

At the lower edge of the woodland, by a dry-stone wall, is a significant area of alder carr. Many of the mature alders were last coppiced more than 30 years ago. This area drains into a small stream that rises out of the wood and flows down to join the River Leven. It is one of the most interesting and diverse areas within the wood, with plants such as lesser spearwort and floating water plantain taking advantage of the wet conditions.

The wood has good access tracks and a firm area for turning and timber stacking. Open rides and glades throughout the wood makes it the perfect place to explore and become immersed in the natural surroundings.

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.


Hefthill woods tree population is a balanced mixture of conifers and broadleaf species. The conifers are mainly spruce with a scattering of larch, with self seeded birch, willow and a sizeable number of alder representing the broadleaves.

The ground flora reflects the considerable length of time that this area has been a woodland. Wood-sorrel, bedstraws and violets take advantage of the open areas created by severed tree stumps. Holly, gorse and bramble grow in and amongst the trees, whilst bilberry and heather populate the numerous small glades and clearings.

A large variety of mosses give a permanent green carpet with numerous fungus emerging seasonally from the verdant fronds.


Feeding flocks of small birds travel throughout the wood in winter, the conifers attracting migrant goldcrests. Tree creepers probe the mossy trunks of the alders whilst wrens and robins forage through the undergrowth, elusive woodcock burst from cover and weave through the trees with surprising agility. Decaying stumps are home to a wide variety of invertebrates that provide food for small birds and mammals. Buzzards and red kites can be seen overhead (a population of red kites were successfully released some years ago at nearby Grizedale). Both red and roe deer roam through the wood creating tracks which can often be followed. Rocky, lichen encrusted outcrops are the ideal place to spot a basking slow worm or sun seeking adder, warming themselves in the morning rays.


The woodland features a small stream which rises within the wood and runs along the eastern boundary for a short while, before exiting under the dry stone wall. Water flowing down historic wheels ruts has been stopped up in a couple of places to form small pools and these have been readily taken over by mother nature.

A previous owner has installed an internal gated fence to allow their dog to roam freely within. This is in excellent condition and could be used again for the same purpose. Alternatively it could easily be repurposed as a deer exclusion zone for rewilding.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access: Is via Hazelrigg Lane. There is a shared hard-standing area for parking just inside the entrance gate. From the left side follow the track up (right and left turns, right again, up then past a left turn then down over a small ford, up along double bend) then Hefthill Wood is left at the junction with the entrance a little further on. From the main entrance it is a good distance with steep climbs in places.

Although greened over ,the track after the ridestop and the hardstanding beyond, has a good solid stone base which will reveal itself with use.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


With Lakeland fells to the north and Morecambe Bay to the south, Tithe Wood is perfectly located for exploring the Lake District National Park. Whether sightseeing in a vehicle or taking to the fells on foot there is lots to do around and about. Windermere cruises run from Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside which are all close at hand.

Local area and history

Generally speaking, most of this areas woodland was originally set over to coppicing. The harvest from this activity supplied the numerous water-powered bobbin mills which once abounded. From these busy mills, countless bobbins and spindles were exported to the textile industries in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Nearby Stott Park mill is a fine example of this, now preserved as a heritage museum.

There are a wide variety B+Bs, eating establishments and other necessary amenities locally.

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. 96
  • Grid ref: SD 369 847
  • Nearest post code: LA12 8NY
  • GPS coordinates: 54.2527, -2.96756

Location map


Just south of Newby Bridge off the A590(T) about 20 mins west of the M6 junction 36.

Satnav: the postcode LA12 8NY is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps. Satnav coordinates are: N 54 : 15 : 26 W 2 : 57 : 46

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Click Here for Directions From Bing Maps enter your own postcode, (entrance to Hefthill Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the main gate on Hazelrigg Lane.

Our Directions:

  • Exit the M6 at Junction 36 and proceed onto the A590(T) signed to Barrow.
  • Proceed for approximately 3 miles where you exit to the left and at the roundabout continue on the A590 signed for A590 Barrow and Milnthorpe.
  • Continue on the A590 for 11 miles
  • Take the second left after the end of the new dual carriageway signed to Canny Hill.
  • Follow this road until the T Junction is reached and turn sharp left.
  • The main entrance gate is 100 metres further along the road on the right by the 'for sale" sign.
  • Park close to the entrance gate, please try not to block access to the wood.
  • Walk into the car park beyond the gate, and take the track which starts towards the left of the hard standing. Follow the stone track uphill and bear left when you reach a junction. Hefthill Wood is on the left and the entrance is clearly marked with a ride stop, name sign and a Woodlands for sale sign

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

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 young but maturing mixed woodland in a secluded location, with picturesque views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, for which the Lake District is so famous.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]