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Mike’s Wood was created in appreciation of a former Secretary of the Friends, Mike Houston in 1993. At the same time as we bought the field to create the wood, local member Anne Beddard bought the field to the south. She worked in conjunction with us to create a new woodland at the same time, and later generously donated this wood, ‘Beddard’s Old Wood’ to Friends of the Lake District. Under the overall name of Mike’s Wood this has given us a stunning native woodland 4.81 ha. During 1993/4 oak, alder, ash, birch, rowan, scots pine, hawthorn and juniper were planted. We have created a footpath through the wood, linking into other routes and also to Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s woodland and the whole woodland is dedicated as open access land.

Download a Staveley Woodlands Walk Leaflet (pdf) here.

Reasons to visit:

  • 36 different bird species have been recorded in the wood, including the goldcrest, the UK’s smallest bird
  • You might also see red squirrels, pipistrelle and noctule bats, and tawny owls.
  • Lovely views out of the wood south towards Morecambe Bay
  • See conservation in action with the “dead hedging” around young hazel to keep the deer off!
  • Bluebells in the spring 
  • Visit any time of the year, for a great walk and maybe enjoy a coffee at WILFS cafe, Staveley, afterwards.

Virtual Tour

Pay a virtual visit to Mike's Wood with an aerial 360 degree panorama. Explore the woodland, find out about its history since our purchase of the site in 1993, our work in the woodland, our achievements and our plans for the future of this wonderful little wood as we look to continue in our efforts to create a diversified woodland and provide a haven of tranquillity for people and nature in association with our woodland neighbours.


Mike’s Wood

Mike’s Wood is 1 mile from Staveley Village (What3words: https://w3w.co/egging.each.aced) There are several access points, see our virtual tour for more detail. The 555 bus stops at Staveley and the Kendal to Windermere train also stops in Staveley.

Litchen guide

Our woods are home to various litchens. Download a printable guide to what you might find here.