The forest of Parkgate and Irton is situated in the wooded Eskdale Valley between Santon Bridge and Eskdale Green approximately 6 km inland from the coast at Seascale. The forest lies within the Lake District National Park and extends to 158 ha. Conifer planting started in 1956 but the forest also includes a large area of ancient semi natural woodland. The first Forest Design Plan was approved in 1998 and reviewed in 2002.
Parkgate and Irton lie at the western end of one of the ridges leading down from the famous Wasdale Screes. The two woods, whilst different in character sit well in the landscape, especially Parkgate which has very good connectivity to neighbouring woodlands. Irton Pike has been significantly improved following the felling of conifers around the summit of Irton Pike.
This page provides access to the Forest Design Plan for Parkgate & irton Pike which is the Forestry Commission's core planning document. This document was reviewed during Summer 2009 and was approved in August 2009.
Even though this plan has been approved the Forestry Commission is always keen to recieve feedback about its management of Parkgate and Irton Pike. If you would like to make any comments please email Gareth Browning.
Documents Available as Adobe Acrobat files. If printing to a different paper size to the one shown in brackets please remember that any maps will not be to scale.
- The Introduction, main text and graphs (A4)
- Photographic survey of important viewpoints. (A3)
- Photographic survey illustrating general features (A3)
- Maps: Background Survey (two files,Survey Map File 1 and Survey Map File 2)
- Maps: Achievements and Review Issues.(A3)
- Maps: Design Concept, Future Woodland Management and Species, Future Community,Recreation & Access, Future Water, Heritage & Nature Conservation. Planning for Climate Change.(A3)
- Computer perspectives showing how the forest may look in 2030 (A3)