SOLD: Whitaker Wood £64,000 Freehold


Whitaker Clough is a beech, oak and sycamore woodland, set about the bluebell-strewn banks and tributaries of a Lancashire clough or stream valley, running off the surrounding hills. The mature trees, gritstone outcrops, little waterfalls and burbling waters have a timeless enchantment that wrap the visitor in its spell.

Beyond the wood boundaries lies pasture-land, giving way to moorland, so characteristic of the area. The topography of the clough is varied, in some places steep-sided and in other areas gently sloping and accessible with several level plateaus that would be good for occasional camping. This varied landform gives a sense of privacy and seclusion.

Locally, the wood is known as Bluebell Wood. As well as bluebells, the ground flora includes evergreen ferns harts-tongue and polypodum as well as mosses,

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 beech, oak and sycamore, a scattering of holly bushes are dotted through along with hazel and hawthorn


Rich in wildlife, the wood is a haven for birds including woodcock, flocks of tits, treecreepers and woodpeckers. The large trees, alongside water are also an ideal habitat for bats.

The presence of roe deer is evident from their tracks and slotmarks, the clough provides shelter and cover for them. Occasionally a fallow deer passes through too.


  • Tumbling streams and waterfalls.
  • Craggy rock outcrops
  • Mature trees
  • Masses of bluebells
  • Level plateaus

Access, tracks and footpaths

The wood gate is reached from the lane at its southern tip. Access within Whitaker Clough is on foot and is relatively easy alongside the main water course. Visitors should be aware that there is uneven ground and steep drops in places – good for those who enjoy scrambling, others should stick to the more level routes.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

There are no public rights of way in the clough.


A great location to encourage and observe nature, perhaps installing a viewing hide and erecting bird and bat boxes to enhance nesting opportunities.

The level stream terraces provide spaces for occasional camping.

There is no shortage of potential, exciting rope swing locations.

Local area and history

The area around Bacup was part of the Royal Forest of Rossendale in the late Middle Ages. The original medieval meaning of 'forest' meant a ‘preserve’, in this case, a royal hunting area. So ‘forests’ were a mixture of farmland, heath, open grassland as well as woodland in areas large enough to support species such as wolves and deer for game hunting. Initial settlement would have been in "booths" or farmsteads and encroachment into the forest would have developed them into small hamlets. Rossendale was governed by a constable nominated by principal landowners who held the position of "The Greave of The Forrest" which after 1515 became a quasi-hereditary position held by the Whitacker family at the only ancient hall in the district: Broadclough Hall

Wood maps

Wood map


Boundary markings are in Red with markings on trees around the entire boundary.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 103
  • Grid ref: SD 864 238
  • Nearest post code: OL13 8PA
  • GPS coordinates: 53.7111, -2.20646

Location map


Just 7 miles from Burnley, 16 miles from Blackburn and 30 miles from Manchester.

  • From the centre of Bacup head north on the A671
  • After half a mile turn left and park near the end of Woodland Terrace.
  • Walk up the lane away from the A671 passing some wrought iron gates on the left.
  • Keep following the lane as it winds uphill.
  • Take the first right turn and walk downhill after about 100 metres the woodland is located to the right of the track and has a 'Woodlands for Sale' sign next to the entrance gate.

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

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 stunning broadleaved woodland situated around a rural river valley, with a mass of bluebells in the ‘Forest of Rossendale’

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]