SOLD: Pennsey Wood £35,000 Freehold

  • Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria
  • 4 acres
  • Cumbria


At first glance Pennsey Wood would seem to consist mainly of widely spaced mature deciduous larch, but a closer look reveals a delightful diversity and real abundance of other tree species. Throughout the wood the maturing larch have been underplanted with sweet chestnut trees that are flourishing, now 10 to 15 years old. Set among the chestnuts are rowan, elder, holly, beech, birch, hawthorn, aspen and oak. These young trees provide the wood with shelter and privacy, especially when in leaf, not to mention valuable berries for birds in Autumn.

This wonderful variety of trees and planting is at an ideal time of its growth for sympathetic thinning of the mature larch to be undertaken, to allow the native deciduous trees to assert themselves and take over the space created. A very useful supply of domestic firewood could be sourced from this selective process, as well as contributing to the management of the woodland to encourage the increasing bio-diversity.

Interestingly a number of yew trees have also established themselves, probably as the result of ingested seeds, deposited by birds, as has the occasional wych elm. A narrow band of Scots pine bounds the north western edge and honeysuckle winds through young trees sculpting branches into twisted shapes and giving a wonderful scent when in flower.

The wood is a haven for birds too: tree creepers are attracted to the insect life that shelters in the large trunks of the conifers. Small feeding flocks of birds flit through the under storey, buzzards regularly glide through the tree tops, shy jays feed in the wood and woodcock, blending into the bracken, whirr out from underfoot. The wood is also home to the iconic red squirrel and may be glimpsed by the lucky observer.

A good access track into the woods takes you to a sheltered and secluded glade with a bench. The glade is surrounded by tree covered banks. Wood sorrel, wood avens, male fern, foxgloves and wood rush all thrive here. Plants found in Pennsey Wood indicate it has been woodland for many years and is termed a Plantation on an Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS). The wood was cleared and replanted with larch and Scots pine in the 1960s.

Access by rail

Perfectly located for those wishing to visit their woods by train, Brampton Station is just 17 minutes from Carlisle and a little over an hour from Newcastle. Trains by Northern Rail.

The Area

The old Brampton railway line is now a footpath named the Dandy which runs through a cutting on the north-eastern boundary of the wood. Pennsey Wood is a short and pleasant walk from the railway station. The line was built in the late 1800's by Lord Carlisle to transport coal and stone from the moors of Alston to Brampton. It is famous as the line that Stephenson's Rocket came to work after it was retired from service in Lancashire.

Pennsey wood is also within walking distance of the market town of Brampton. In the wider area is the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and 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 are indicated with blue topped posts.

  • The northwestern boundary follows the track and is marked by posts.
  • The southeastern boundary also follows the track and is marked by posts.
  • The southwestern boundary is marked by posts.
  • The northeastern boundary runs along the base of the disused railway embankment and is marked by 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: NY 543 602
  • Nearest post code: CA8 1HW
  • GPS coordinates: 54.935, -2.71584

Location map


Pennsey Wood is just off the A69 south of Brampton, about 20 mins from Carlisle and an hour from Newcastle.

Satnav: the postcode CA8 1HW is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps. Satnav coordinates are: N 54 : 55 : 58 W 2 : 42 : 11

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

Our Directions:

  • Locate Brampton
  • And take the A689 east from the junction with the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road.
  • After a ¼ mile turn right signed for Brampton Station.
  • After another ¼ mile park at the end of the road close to the Station.
  • Pass through the wooden pedestrian gate which leads to the station platform and turn sharp right.
  • Walk parallel with the railway track for 200 metres and pass through the kissing gate.
  • Follow the footpath round to the right for 300m before taking the left fork opposite a small, fenced transformer.
  • Follow this track past an area of new planting on the right to the point where two paths cross.
  • Turn right along the track to find the entrance to Pennsey Wood, 200m on the left hand side.

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

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 fine Cumbrian mixed woodland near to the market town of Brampton with excellent rail access

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Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]