SOLD: General Leslie's Wood £28,000 Freehold


General Leslie's Wood is located on the slopes of Pinkerton Hill overlooking the historic town of Dunbar, and the open expanse of the North Sea. A shelterbelt plantation the wood is well established and contains an interesting mix of broadleafs and native conifers. Its elevated location gives it extensive views over the surrounding area including a generous seascape. The trees within the wood are well spaced giving an open and airy feel and making passage through the wood on foot delightfully easy.

A viewing of the wood is definitely recommended; please allow yourself a generous amount of time to fully explore the wood throughout.

There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.


There is no dominant tree species within the wood with a fairly even mix throughout. Sycamore, ash and beech rub shoulders, with less familiar for this area, lime and hornbeam. Conifers are represented by native Scots pine and imported spruce. A solitary larch stands sentinel at the entrance corner of the wood.

Smaller, understory species, elder and hawthorn are complemented by currant and furze bushes.


A network of well-used pathways transect the wood well worn by the hooves of local roe deer. These could well be used by smaller woodland mustelids such as badger, stoat and weasel.

As the wood is surrounded by open pasture it is a welcome refuge for a varied selection of birds. Pheasant and partridge are seen at ground level with tits and finches occupying the boundary hedge line.


The small freely flowing watercourse along the western boundary gives variety to the wood and sports its own ecosystem of water-specific plants and invertebrates.

Through the gated entrance, a small hardstanding is a useful area, facilitating the management of the wood and which could easily be used as a timber stacking area.

Initially level the land rises gradually to the south levelling again towards the top boundary track.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the area in general is facilitated by the A1 with the town of Dunbar having a station on the main East Coast Line.

A right of vehicular access exists once the public highway ends, this includes the short southern boundary track.

The track to the north of the wood and the track running along the western edge are within the title.

Rights and covenants

The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale.

The standard woodlands.co.uk covenant does not apply to this wood.


The large amount of growing timber could be sustainably harvested as a domestic wood fuel source; this would also encourage a greater diversity of trees and flora to flourish in the space and light created.

An overnight camping stay is an attractive proposition, facilitating wildlife watching at the prime times of dusk and dawn.

Local area and history

The foot of Pinkerton Hill saw one of the most important battles in Oliver Cromwells rise to political power. General Leslie, who was camped on the nearby Doon Hill, was drawn into battle in support of Charles II. The defeat of his forces in the battle of Dunbar left the gateway to Edinburgh open for Cromwell to exploit.

Today, all that remains is a monument to the battle on the road to the nearby White Sands beaches.

With its charming waterfront, Dunbar is well-furnished with accommodation and local facilities.

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. 67
  • Grid ref: NT 692 752
  • Nearest post code: EH42 1RX
  • GPS coordinates: 55.9691, -2.49387

Location map


General Leslies's Wood is about 30 miles east of Edinburgh and 3 miles from Dunbar.

Satnav/GPS note; the postcode EH42 1RX is for the point shown by the red dot on the location map. Coordinates for gate is N 55 : 96 : 81 & W 2 : 49 : 36

Click here for Directions From Bing Maps enter your own postcode, (General Leslie's Wood coordinates are already entered) and click on the blue "Get Directions" box. This will take you to the parking area by the entrance.

Or follow our directions;

  • From the A1 take the first right turning after the A1087 turning, signposted 'Little Pinkerton, West Meikle, East Meikle and Doon Hill'.
  • Take the first right signposted Doon Hill.
  • The road turns sharp left and the tarmac ends but there is a good hard track up the hill to the first wood on the left.
  • Please park off the track in the gated entranceway and proceed on foot.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of our woodland book

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.

An interesting mixed woodland with commanding views over the North Sea, close to Dunbar and within easy reach of Edinburgh and Berwick.

Managed by David and Sarah Alty

Telephone: 07795 104 594

Email: [email protected]