SOLD: Moorside Plantation £75,000 Freehold

  • Ellingstring, near Masham, North Yorkshire
  • just over 4 ½ acres
  • Northern England


Moorside Plantation is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax amid the peaceful surroundings of Yorkshire moor and woodland.

As the name suggests, the woodland is a plantation with mature fir trees (Sitka spruce). Adding interest around the edges there are also a few native broadleaved trees mixed in, while in the centre of the wood, where there is lots of light reaching the woodland floor, there is an enchanting grove of birch trees

A number of clear routes run through the wood allowing for easy access on foot or with a 4x4 vehicle. A bench is located on the north-western side of the wood with views over the neighbouring moorland. The light across this landscape seems to be always changing with the weather and the seasons provide a dynamic source of interest too.

The peaty upland soils support heather, bilberry, moor grasses and some ferns, as well as mosses and fascinating fungi beneath the woodland canopy.

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.


Mature Sitka spruce with birch.


The wood is a haven for birdlife due to its undisturbed nature. Along with woodpigeons, whose feathers and eggshells are all around, many small woodland birds can be seen and heard such as chiffchaffs, a variety of tits, wrens and, Britain’s smallest bird; goldcrests. Tawny owls also take roost in the evergreen fir trees, with no shortage of roosting sites.

Roe deer pass through the area and foxes will use the cover of the wood, hunting ground nesting birds on the adjoining moorland. Rabbits and squirrels are also present.


  • Rural location
  • Undulating topography, whilst still being accessible
  • Far reaching views across surrounding moorland
  • Stone wall along the north-western boundary
  • Bench with a view

Access, tracks and footpaths

The woodland is accessed from a minor B-road, via a shared stone track to the ride-stop entrance. Parking is available here and on-foot access is easy throughout the wood. A number of other clear routes will also be accessible to a 4x4 or quad bike, which simplifies any management that the new owner would like to carry out.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


Moorside Plantation is ideal for bushcrafts and other family camping activities. If the new owner wishes, some felling of spruce, with the relevant permissions and mindfulness of damage to tracks, would help increase light levels in places giving the opportunity for adding further diversity to the wood and creating a range of habitat types. Bird nesting and bat roosting could be enhanced with the addition of boxes.

Local area and history

In an extremely picturesque and desirable area, Moorside Plantation is part of Ellingstring Plantation, just outside the small village of Ellingstring in Lower Wensleydale, one of the Yorkshire Dales, between Masham and Leyburn, not far from Jervaulx Abbey and the Brymor Ice Cream Dairy.

A scientific description of the area, Yorkshire Dales Natural Area can be found on the Natural England website. Click here for a description of the Nidderdale AONB (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) special landscape designation.

The moors to the west and north are especially interesting being designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a SPA (Special Protection Area, an international bird designation). Sheep graze on pasture to the south and east.

Being high on the edge of the moors, it's wild in winter and beautiful in summer; while the amazing views across the dale to the hills of the North York Moors can be enjoyed year-round!

Wood maps

Wood map


Are marked in pink, on trees along the track on the southern boundary. The eastern and western boundary markings are on wooden posts and the northern boundary has markings on the stone 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. 99
  • Grid ref: SE 167 831
  • Nearest post code: HG4 4PN
  • GPS coordinates: 54.2437, -1.7446

Location map


Moorside Plantation is about 4 miles from Masham, 25 miles from Harrogate and 12 miles from the A1 at Leeming Barr.

For Directions From Bing Maps click here, enter your own postcode, (the entrance coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Go" box.

Satnav: the postcode HG4 4PN is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map/s. Coordinates are: N54:14:34 W1:44:24


  • Locate Masham
  • Travel north east on the A6108 Leyburn Road.
  • Take the second left turn signed for High Ellington and Ellingstring.
  • Pass through High Ellington and continue on this road.
  • Pass the crossroads with the 1st right turn signed to Ellingstring.
  • After approximately ¼ mile the wood entrance is located on the left.
  • Park opposite the second wooden gate, please do not block access to the gates.
  • Moorside Plantation is over the gate. Follow the track for 220 metres until you reach a right turn. Follow this track for 150 metres where the ridestop is located to the right of the track.

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 wonderfully isolated and peaceful woodland, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, near the market town of Masham, surrounded by other wood and moorland.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]