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—  Department of Anketlər  —

Coat of arms
Country Nedlando-Khorașan
Constituent country Nedland
Vəlāyat Anketlər
Created 30 June 2013
Founder Miles Pressland
Capital None
 - Beg Miles Pressland
Population (15 August 2017)
 - Total 0
Demonym Ertawan

Ertawa (Cyrillic: Ертава; Ertawan: Ehaba) is a department of Nedlando-Khorasan, and formerly a federal territory of Sorrenia. It consists of a plot of forest located close to Brancepeth, County Durham.


Ertawa originally began as a region of Kozlova, and after the dissolution of Kozlova on 2 November 2013. It belongs in Miles Pressland's family from his Step-Father. As it has no constant citizens, it was decided that it could not be considered a State of Sorrenia, and was therefore made into an official territory of Sorrenia.


The majority of Ertawa is located in an area known as Caliphs Wood. Caliphs Wood is a spruce woodland where extensive naturalisation together with selected broadleaf planting has made for an interesting and more natural woodland.

Sycamore, elder, beech and oak soften the edges of the wood, whilst within, colonising birch are well established. Where shafts of light pierce the canopy, fern and sorrel carpet the needle litter in a verdant splash of colour.

An overnight camp in the level glade is not to be missed. As the evening quiet descends a wide variety of birdsong reveals the many species settling down for the night.

A small seasonal stream, Caliphs Gill, bisects the wood in a shallow valley, emerging into the farmed landscape. From the vantage point of the wood edge are wide and far-reaching views across and up and down the valley holding Stockley Beck below.

Excellent conservation and management opportunities present themselves as do nature watching and outdoor recreation.

In times gone by the Roman legions marched a hairsbreadth away, as they headed north on Dere Street, to Hadrian's Wall and the Pictish lands beyond. Nearby Brancepeth Castle was subject to many changes of ownership as the monarchy changed and old allegiances went sour. More recently, wealth from Durham's coal enabled a more settled future for this fine building.

Access is from Wolsingham Road which runs along the northern boundary, there is a gate into a parking area in the wood. From here recently cut paths give access to the heart of the wood, the stream and farmland boundary.

This part of Co. Durham is characterised by gentle valleys with open fields and expansive vistas, the nearest village, Brancepth has plenty of fine buildings including the grand Brancepeth Castle. Nearby is Dere Street Roman Road the line of which passes close to the wood.