Waggonway Wood £85,000 Freehold
- Brampton, near Carlisle, Cumbria
- over 5 ¾ acres
Fern woodland floor
Ride stop entrance
Shared station access gate
Turn left at the junction
Bugle in flower
View north towards distant Scottish fells
Autumnal stroll in the woods
Southern boundary track overlooking farmland and Cumbrian fells
Established internal tracks
Take it all in
Waggonway Wood stands at the corner of the much larger Rowbank woodland and boasts fine views of the surrounding pasture and the distant fells.
Classified as a PAWS woodland, the current fine stand of Scots pines was planted around sixty years ago. To the northeast, a smaller coup of larch of similar stature gives complimentary variety with its deciduous, ever-changing needle cover. Left to mother nature for some considerable time, a surprising variety of native broadleaves have sprung up and are now well established. The understory, splashed with vibrant yellow from gorse and broom bushes, is punctuated by vertically standing foxgloves. The purple flowers of bugle and the carrot-like leaves of pignut with their sprays of white flowers, add to the diverse flora attracting butterflies and many other invertebrates.
From the ridestop entrance, the topography gently slopes, quickly levelling out for a while before dropping steeply to the northern boundary track. A profusion of ferns and other shade-loving plants populate the embankment including bluebells and wood sorrel.
A current management plan for the wood has been prepared with the assistance of Cumbria Woodlands. This has been made available for any owner of the woods to use if desired.
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.
Predominantly planted Scots pine, the wood has a narrow fringe of deciduous larch along the eastern shared boundary line. Scattered throughout is a good mix of native broadleaves giving the promise of increased diversity. Hornbeam and sweet chestnut are unusual species for these northern climes, perhaps escapees from the nearby Milton Hall. Birch, beech, holly and hawthorn are more familiar names and the presence of the occasional elm shows the resilience of local stock.
As mere temporal guardians of the woodland, we must surely give respect to the real owners of the wood. Those creatures whose home the wood is, gaining shelter and sustenance from within its bounds. Local roe deer and a resident population of badgers have left many a sign of their presence with numerous trails though the ground flora.
Avian residence is a multi-layered affair; woodcock, robin and Jenny wren on the ground, a variety of tits and finches at the midpoint, woodpecker hammering at standing deadwood and above all, the majestic soaring buzzard.
A good hardened area for turning or stacking timber prior to collection is immediately behind the ridestop. Close to this is a bench, the ideal place to sit in the dappled sunlight and watch the resident birdlife, maybe spot a foraging red squirrel, or most of all enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings.
A natural amphitheatre ringed by towering pines, maybe a site of former sand extraction, is an outstanding feature of the wood.
Access, tracks and footpaths
Access is along the main central access track which leads to the ride stop entrance, this is suitable for most cars. Further access is via the track running along the southern boundary which is passable by 4x4.
Brampton Station is within easy walking distance making this the perfect woodland to access by rail.
Rights and covenants
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.
The large variety of trees and planting are in an ideal state for selective thinning of the mature conifers to be undertaken. This would 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 sympathetic process, as well as contributing to the management of the woodland to encourage and increase bio-diversity.
Local area and history
Arriving at Waggonway Wood one can’t fail to notice the influence of the railway industry upon the area. As the name suggests, the wood has its roots in railway history; the disused rail track which runs along the north-eastern boundary and provides access to the woods, finally closed in 1953. Originally serving the many mines and quarries scattered across the moor, it is now the route to the heart of the wood. Indeed the waggonway, from which the wood takes its name, running from the fells, through the wood and on to Bramp[ton, was the first of its kind in the world.
Once exploited for the mineral wealth that lay beneath the surface, the area is now enjoyed for the natural beauty above. The North Pennine AONB lies close by with many opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Geltsdale RSPB reserve is home to a large variety of both native and migrant species.
The boundaries of the wood are indicated by purple, painted-top fence posts.
Find this wood
- OS Landranger: OS No. 86
- Grid ref: NY 539 599
- Nearest post code: CA8 1HW
- GPS coordinates: 54.9324, -2.71953
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, (Waggonway Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box. This will take you to the main gate close to Brampton station.
- Locate Brampton
- Take the A689 east from the junction with the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road.
- After ¼ mile turn right signed for Brampton Station.
- After ¼ mile park at the end of the road close to Brampton 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 and walk for 300 metres before turning left away from the edge of the wood.
- Follow this track past an area of new planting on the right to the point where two paths cross.
- Turn left along the track to find the entrance to Waggonway Wood, 200m on the left-hand side.
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.
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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.