Oldford Wood, Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria. A delightful river-side haven on the west edge of the Lake District. 2.34 acres freehold for £37,500 [#A1402]
A variety of broadleaves, shrubs and glades with good hard track access.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 89
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance: NY 049 159
- Centre of wood: NY 050 159
Nearest postcode: CA25 5HH
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Oldford Wood is adjacent to the River Ehen which forms the northwest boundary of the Lake District National Park at this point. Local shops and services are available in Cleator Moor 5 minutes away. Workington is a 20 minute drive northwest and Keswick (the heart of the north Lakes) is 40 minutes over the hills to the east.
Olfdford lies on the northwest bank of the River Ehen and benefits from 65 metres of river frontage, with riparian fishing rights to midstream. At the west end there is a good-sized open glade. Elsewhere the wood occupies bright southeast-facing banks populated with a variety of native tree and shrub species. A few overarching mature broadleaves including oak, ash and birch shelter a rich understorey of younger stems plus plenty of ancient hazel coppice stools. Alder dominates on the streamside. Elsewhere you will also find willow, holly, blackthorn and the occasional sycamore.
The ancient woodland designation is confirmed by a rich ground flora including dog’s mercury, meadowsweet, campion, bog myrtle and verbena (to name but a few). This diverse habitat also attracts plenty of avian life from woodland birds like nuthatch, wren and tits, to dippers flitting over the river.
A well-found hard track suitable for 2WD links Oldford with the public road.
Oldford is unequivocally an amenity wood with a wonderful combination of views to the fells, water frontage and rich wildlife habitats. Enjoy at your leisure!
If It Were Mine
I’d put in a small hardstanding for parking by the gated barrier halfway along the track. Managing the bracken in the lower glade would create a superb amenity location for camping while fallen stems would provide plenty of wood for campfires.
Re-spacing some areas of dense regeneration and hazel would benefit the emerging young stems, and a few riverside openings would allow the occasional cast for trout (and if I’m lucky, a salmon). I might also enrich the species mix by adding some wych elm, cherry and rowan.
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- On the east side of the village of Cleator Moor, leave the A5086 and drive east onto Red Beck Road.
- Continue for 1½ miles to the woodland entrance on your right, identified by a small area of hardstanding (A), a metal gate and a Woods4Sale sign on the adjacent railing (as image in the picture gallery).
- Climb the gate and walk down the track. Oldford Wood is on your right.
- The west boundary (AE) is the field edge stock fence.
- The north boundary (AB) is the south side of the track.
- The east boundary (BC) is marked by a line of blue-topped posts within the wood.
- The south boundary (CD) is the river bank (with riparian rights to the midline of the river), and (DE) the line of a ditch.
The sporting and fishing rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are reserved to a third party.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times for all purposes over the route AB linking to the public road.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all rights of way with liability according to use.
- There is no public right of way within the wood.
There are no known fencing obligations.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.