SOLD: Speel Wood £39,000 Freehold

  • Canny Hill, Newby Bridge, South Lakes
  • nearly 4 ½ acres
  • Cumbria


Speel Wood, located in south Lakeland, is a fascinating gem of hidden treasures. Formerly a plantation wood, harvested many years ago, there is now little evidence of this activity. An occasional self-seeded conifer and a few mossy stumps are all that remain. Left alone, nature and time have taken their course and deciduous woodland has returned with a natural flourish. Birch and alder predominate with rowan, willow, hawthorn and holly all well distributed throughout. At a lower level, raspberry blackberry and bilberry give the promise of fruitful foraging later in the year. A carpet of mosses and lichens give a rich evergreen carpet to the woodland floor while heather also flourishes in places. Traversing the wood reveals the presence of small rocky outcrops creating open glades with views of the Lakeland fells. The diversity of habitats is reflected in the abundance of wildlife.

The wood is home to itinerant Roe deer, flattened grass shows where they have laid up for the day and paths through the coppice reveal their well trodden pathways. Native reptiles such as adders and lizards are regular sights basking in a sunlit spots. Frogs and toads take advantage of wetter areas too.

This haven for wild life also supports a wide variety of birds. Wrens, finches and tits are common throughout and are easily seen. A modicum of stealth may give sight to a green woodpecker or a woodcock bursting from cover.

Although sloping on the northern approaches, the crest of the wood gives way to more level and undulating terrain. This geographical variety reflects the many and diverse habitats this woodland provides.

Now part of the National Park the area was once teeming with industry. The nearby Dolly blue factory, now a popular hotel, and the Stott Park bobbin mill are a mere fraction of what once was. The coppiced woodland of south Lakeland was a valuable resource, supplying the Lancashire mills with numerous resources.

Nearby Newby Bridge, once a part of Lancashire, is a small village adjoining the River Leven at the southern end of Lake Windermere. Its name is derived from the five-arched stone bridge built across the river in 1651. It caters mainly for the passing tourist trade, and has a railway station on the preserved Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. Newby Bridge is a convenient base to explore the Furness peninsula and southern Lakeland areas.

Access: via Hazelrigg Lane through Canny Hill from the A590(T). There is a communal hard standing area for parking just at the shared entrance and another area for parking inside the ridestop at the entrance to Hawhill Wood.

The Area: With Lakeland fells to the north and Morecambe Bay to the south, Hawhill Wood is perfectly located in the Lake District National Park, world famous for its beauty and ruggedness. There are plenty of places to stay including a number of B+Bs in the local area.

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


All four sides of the boundary are marked with painted red topped fence 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. 96
  • Grid ref: SD 371 849
  • Nearest post code: LA12 8NY
  • GPS coordinates: 54.2559, -2.96653

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, (entrance to Speel 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 passing Hawhill Wood is on the left.
  • At the junction bear right, Speel Wood is on the right, 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 two woodland books

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 mixed fell-top woodland, conveniently located in the south of the Lake District close by to Windermere.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]