Hefthill Wood, Newby Bridge, Cumbria. A charming mixed wood in rolling south lakes countryside. 7.87 acres freehold for £76,000 [#A1486]
Maturing mixed woodland with varied topography, privacy and vehicular access near the south end of Lake Windermere.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 97
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SD 374 851
- Centre of wood: SD 371 847
Nearest postcode: LA12 8NY
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.
Hefthill Wood lies near the centre of a larger gated woodland off a quiet lane about two miles south of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park. Junction 36 of the M6 is 20 minutes away giving ready access from north and south, while Bowness on Windermere is a 20-minute drive up the lakeside.
Hefthill was cleared of its previous crop of larch at about the turn of the millennium. It then regenerated with a variety of tree species, all of which are growing well. Birch is prevalent across much of the site, intermingled with conifers - principally spruce (both Sitka and Norway) and larch. A low lying crescent of land to the south supports a community of alder. Other species on site include rowan, hazel, willow and holly. The rich ground flora reveals the site’s moorland origins with plenty of soft grasses, heather and blueberry where light allows. Further under the canopy this gives way to woodland associates like lady’s fern and wood sorrel.
Hefthill occupies a broad ridge which descends via a series of limestone bluffs and outcrops to the lower southern fringe of the wood. There is a small seasonal pond at the northwest corner.
The wood is served by a stone track which is accessible in the dry to 2WD cars with reasonable clearance. This connects to a short length of track within the wood, terminating at a small area of hardstanding near the top of the hill. Close to the entrance the vendor has recently erected a sizeable fenced enclosure as indicated on the plan. Aside from being an excellent dog-run this may also assist with any future enrichment planting.
There’s little to disturb here aside from the calls of the local residents - red and roe deer both frequent the wood and there are plenty of woodland songsters. We also enjoyed a green woodpecker during our visit.
If It Were Mine
I’d extend pedestrian access into the stands with some brashed paths. I’d also thin out the area round the hardstanding and a small bluff nearby to maintain easterly views to the fells. This should help to create a very pleasant locus for BBQs and the odd night under canvas.
Thinning the spruce and respacing the younger broadleaves would benefit both. And I’d repair a couple of small breaches in the southern boundary wall.
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
- Newby Bridge is near the south end of Lake Windermere.
- Leave Newby Bridge heading southeast on the A590.
- Turn right to head south on the single track road signed for Canny Hill, just before the roundabout on the edge of the village.
- Continue for 0.8 mile, until you see a metal gate on your right leading into woodland (with a woodland management sign adjacent).
- Park clear of the entrance and enter woodland via this gate (A on the plan).
- Follow the meandering stone track up the hill for 470 metres until you see a Woods4Sale sign on your left (B).
- To enter Hefthill continue a further 70 metres then turn left (C).
- The entrance to the wood is via a timber barrier 30 metres further on to your left (D).
- The northeast boundary (BH) is indicated by pink and blue-topped posts in a narrow ride.
- The south and east boundaries (FGH) are a stone wall.
- The southwest boundary (EF) is indicated by blue-topped posts in a narrow ride.
- The north boundary (BCDE) is the south side of the track indicated by pink-topped posts.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- A full right of access is granted over the route ABCD.
- There are no public rights of way within the wood.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Contracts & Grants
A previous owner had approval from Natural England for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of creating an approved woodland management plan which a successor may wish to take on. Please click on the button below to view.
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.