SOLD: Sheepfold Wood £78,000 Freehold

  • Canny Hill, Newby Bridge, Cumbria
  • about 7 acres
  • Cumbria


Located in a beautiful and secluded part of the Lake District National Park, Sheepfold Wood offers serenity and the chance to get back to nature. Take a wander up to the top edge of the wood where there are several large sweet chestnut trees and far-reaching views of the surrounding fells.

At one time, a spruce plantation and harvested for timber, nature has since replaced the conifers with a healthy mix of deciduous trees. Sheltered among the trees, wildlife abounds amongst the rich and surprisingly varied landscapes and habitats. Open areas of bare rocky outcrops fringed with heathers, bilberry and mosses lead on to dense natural regeneration cut through with marshy areas and gently flowing brooks.

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.


The bulk of the wood is filled with a wide variety of relatively young native broad leaves. Predominantly birch, well known as a colonising first arrival species, this is interspersed with rowan and willow. Years of fallen leaves have created the perfect conditions for other species such as sessile oak and hazel and holly to become established. Of the original spruce planting, only stumps remain, however, scattered throughout, young self-seeded spruce and larch can be discovered. A couple of marshy areas support small stands of alder carr, with dry upper reaches home to nut bearing sweet chestnut.


Iridescent damselflies and dragonflies are drawn to the small pools at mating time; their incredible flight skills manifest. During the daytime the treetops are alive with small birds busily going about their business: come dawn or dusk foraging badgers and roe deer follow well-worn paths. In spring or late summer, if you are really lucky, you might spot an elusive adder basking in the early morning sun. The woodland floor has a rich carpet of ground flora with bedstraws, wood sorrel, lichens and fern - all indicative of healthy wildlife habitat.


The topography is as varied as the treescape, gentle slopes are bounded by steep rocky out crops, open level areas run into miniature watercourse valleys. A superb example of the wallers craft is the drystone wall which runs along the boundary with the open moor. A small ruined structure in the northwestern corner is probably the remains of a sheepfold, from which the wood takes its name. The north-south boundary bisects a small pool that is water full throughout the seasons.

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). Look out for the track leading off to the left at the hilltop, Sheepfold Wood is at the end of this track, with dark blue markings indicating the boundary. The ridestop entrance is next to a small pool, beyond is the track leading to an open area.

The track shown in green on the attached maps gives vehicular access to Sheepfold Wood and the track shown in grey provides private access to the turning/parking area within.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.


Sheepfold Wood with its unique mix of habitat and landscape is a wonderful opportunity to own a wood of your own. Whether your interest is conservation, small scale management or the pure pleasure of being with nature this wood has it all. Easily Accessible from the road network but surprisingly peaceful and secluded the wood could well provide a welcome escape from the modern world.

Local area and history

With Lake Windermere and Lakeland fells to the north and Morcambe Bay to the south, Sheepfold Wood is perfectly located in some of England's finest landscapes in the Lake District National Park.

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

Wood maps

Wood map


The boundaries are indicated by blue painted top fence posts and blue markings on the boundary wall.

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: 54.2532, -2.96847

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

Click Here for Directions From Bing Maps enter your own postcode, (Sheepfold 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. Sheepfold wood is straight ahead 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

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 fascinatingly diverse mixed woodland with views over the Lakeland fells, well located, within 30 minutes drive of the M6.

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Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]