SOLD: Glead Wood £69,000 Freehold


Glead Wood is an attractive woodland, comprised of mature native broadleaved trees, at the northern end of Goldsborough Wood. It is conveniently located close to Knaresborough, within half an hour’s drive from Harrogate, and 40 minutes from central York and Leeds.

The wood has a very private feel, with no public footpaths running through it, and situated as it is near the end of the track, on slightly elevated ground.

Trees within the wood include lots of beautiful and mature oak trees, sycamore, birch , a grove of tall beech trees and a few mixed conifers. The understorey is made up of coppiced hazel, elder, hawthorn, wild rose, blackberry, balsam, bracken and native ferns.

On the boundary with farmland to the north, there's a crab apple tree, wych elm, field maple and hazel, all along the banks of a ditch. You may find a lovely area of primroses and wood anemones here, in addition to the bluebells, arum lilies and dog's mercury.

A ride-stop entrance is located to the side of the main track, where there is space to park a car. A foot route leads off directly from here, taking a line towards a group of beech trees on a rise in the land. Here a rustic bench is located, with a lovely outlook, amongst a ring of holly bushes. The wood feels quite tranquil, and you can get around easily on foot, a ditch is crossed via a sleeper bridge to the eastern section which could be a good spot for occasional family camping, with views across farm fields to the north.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant


Oak, beech, birch, sycamore, holly, hawthorn and hazel.


Glead Wood is rich in wildlife, buzzards and red kites can often be seen, swooping and soaring around the woodland edges and from time to time, you may hear a tawny owl. Old English names for red kite include gled or glead, often found in Yorkshire place names, including this wood!

Many smaller birds are resident in the wood including blackbirds, wrens, blue tits, robins, jays and many more.

Roe deer frequent the area and are often seen, if not apparent, then they are evident from their trails, slot marks are clearly visible in areas of soft mud.


  • Mature oak trees
  • Tranquillity
  • Great for wildlife
  • A rustic bench in a scenic spot
  • Fairly level ground
  • Rural outlook

Access, tracks and footpaths

From the end of Church Street in Goldsborough, you follow a stone track between two hedgerows, through three gates, the third of which is the entrance gate to Goldsborough Wood.

A good stone track, suitable for cars and 4x4s leads all the way through the forest to the entrance of Glead Wood, marked with a ride stop entrance and name sign. There is space to park a vehicle here.

Beyond the end of the track, foot routes around the wood are easy, and a sleeper bridge spans a drain. The ground is pretty level and easy going though sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within Glead Wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


Glead Wood is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts who would like to carry out conservation projects. There is plenty of good material for greenwood crafts and the wood is perfect for occasional camping with family and friends.

Local area and history

Goldsborough is a quiet and attractive village, close to Knaresborough and Harrogate which between them boast an array of attractions including the Turkish Baths, Valley Gardens, RHS Harlow Carr, Mother Shipton’s Cave and many more.

Evidence of early settlement in the village comes from a Viking hoard which was discovered in 1859 during construction outside the north wall of Goldsborough Church. Coins and artefacts dating from 700 to 1050 were found in a leaden chest including fragments of Viking brooches and arm-rings, together with 39 coins. It forms one of the largest collections ever discovered in the UK and is now held at the British Museum in London.

In the Domesday Survey of 1086 Goldsborough is referred to as "Godenesburg" and some fine Norman architecture can be found in St Mary's Church in the village.

In 1599 Sir Richard Hutton, a London lawyer, bought the land and built Goldsborough Hall on its current site. Daniel Lascelles, whose family eventually became the Earls of Harewood, bought Goldsborough Hall and the estate in the late 1750s and the entrance gates to the village date back to this time.

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. 104
  • Grid ref: SE 398 567
  • Nearest post code: HG5 8AP
  • GPS coordinates: 54.005, -1.39396

Location map


Please contact Liz Watson on 07985 548481 to arrange a visit. Always use postcode HG5 8AP and these written directions to reach the wood (and not the map pin). Waterproof footwear is recommended.

For unaccompanied viewings, there is a round-trip walk of around 3km from the parking area, on good stone tracks.

Goldsborough is situated to the south of the A59 Knaresborough to York Road, about two miles to the west of the A1(M) J47.

From the village of Goldsborough, proceed along Church Street, past Goldsborough Hall and the Church. The road surface ends, continue on along a stone track until the first gate is reached.

This gate has a combination padlock. Please lock this gate behind you.

Continue on for around 400m to reach a second gate at the entrance to a pasture. This needs to be lifted slightly and has a loop of string to secure it closed.

The track crosses pastureland and the first wood gate is reached. This has a combination code and there is space to park just beyond this point, to the side of the main vehicle route into the wood, keeping the access clear. New owners will receive a key to this gate.

Please proceed on foot from this point.

It is approximately 400m walk to the crossroads, at this point turn left up the stone track.

After another 400m, the track crosses a deep dike, continue on for a further 450m when the track takes a sharp left turn, near a pond.

The entrance to Glead Wood is here on this bend, clearly marked with the name and a 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

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 beautiful mature woodland with a rural outlook, located between Harrogate and York, with lovely mature oak trees and bluebells.

Managed by Liz Watson

Telephone: 07985 548481

Email: [email protected]