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Derelict cottage next to England's most remote signal box up for sale for £300k

One of Britain’s most remote homes, which is not accessible by road, is up for sale for £300,000.

The derelict three-bedroom cottage, located next to England’s most remote signal box on the Settle to Carlisle train line, is a 20 minute walk to the nearest parking spot.

Pictures show the former railway worker’s cottage surrounded completely by the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales.

And despite the whopping price tag, the property is in need of an extensive renovation, with the walls being completely bare and a lack of modern amenities available.

The decor choices in two of the bedrooms is an acquired taste, with floor to ceiling blue paint on the walls of one while the other is completely bedecked in purple.

There is also currently no mains services available in the house, although there is potential to acquire permission to make it more habitable.

When it was last occupied, electricity was generated through a windmill and water was transported by a trailer.

Interested parties are advised that it’s a 20-minute walk from the parking space to the property, with this part of the journey only suitable for 4×4 vehicles and quad bikes.


The house is in Whernside, North Yorkshire, which is part of the Three Peaks Challenge that approximately 200,000 people compete every year.

Agents Fisher Hopper said: ‘The property presents an interesting investment, with a range of potential commercial opportunities apparent: private holiday home, unique AirBnB style experience, bunkhouse or refreshment stop on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge route.

‘Plans will be subject to the necessary consents – this is in the heart of the National Park – but for the right buyer with vision, there is great potential here.’

The cottage was originally built for workers by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway behind the world wars, and is the last survivor of a row of three properties.


The previous owner was John Myerscough, a recluse who was served with planning enforcement action by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in 2010.

This was after he stored a large quantity of scrap vehicles and waste on the land, including five disused oil tanks, a caravan, a small digger and two shipping containers.

He compiled with the order and the site was cleared, now ready to become a family home or small business – for the right buyer who isn’t afraid of getting their hands dirty, that is.

Could it be your passion project? View the listing and enquire to view on the Fisher Hopper website.

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