Betley Gorse, Betley, North Staffordshire. Mature broadleaves on a gentle west-facing slope. Accessible seclusion just ¼ hour from Crewe and the M6. 4.7 acres. £39,000 freehold [#481]
A private mature broadleaf woodland with car access set amidst the pastoral landscape of rural North Staffordshire.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 118.
National Grid Ref:
- Visitor parking: SJ 757 496.
- Wood centre: SJ 762 492.
Nearest postcode: CW3 9AF.
ViewingYou are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you print these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Betley Gorse lies near the end of a recently upgraded hard forest track. Despite the proximity of major transport links it is very peaceful, the principal sound when we visited being the song of wrens, chiff-chaffs, thrushes and tits. The nearest public road (a small lane) is half a mile away and the wider landscape in all directions is a mosaic of wood and field. This is a genuinely rural property despite being less than 20 minutes from Crewe and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The wood is on level or gently sloping ground with a west-facing aspect, and has open views across fields to three compass points. It is dominated by canopy ash with many stems showing excellent form and considerable volume. There is a thinning licence in place so selected stems could be felled and milled if desired. There is also a handful of large-diameter cherry which are ready to fell plus a number of attractive field-edge oak. The sub-canopy is variously young hardwoods and mixed native shrubs including holly, hazel, hawthorn and elder.
The woodland floor has many ancient woodland associates in the herb layer including ferns, dog’s mercury, bluebells, wild garlic and wood anemone.
Cars can be driven all the way to the wood on a recently built hard track and there is also a hard spur for on-site parking. This track will also facilitate future woodland management and small-scale harvesting operations.
As a designated Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland it is not surprising that Betley Gorse harbours a wide range of wildlife from songbirds to raptors and field mice to badgers. Pheasants and the occasional woodcock also inhabit the wood and adjacent arable fields encourage large numbers of wood pigeons to roost in the canopy offering the prospect of some rough shooting to those of a sporting mind.
Betley Gorse is a genuinely rural ancient wood with easy access from the West Midlands, offering a fine combination of small-scale woodland management, peaceful recreation and a modicum of sport.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
From junction 16 of the M6 head west for 2 miles on the A500. At the first roundabout take the first exit onto the A531 signed for Keele.
At the next roundabout a mile further on, take the first exit signed for Betley.
Continue south for 1.8 miles and shortly before entering Betley Village turn left into Back Lane (immediately before a Tudor timber-framed cottage with a white metal rail fence). Drive along Back Lane for ½ mile and park in the lay-by (A) just before a locked steel barrier on your right (B).
Enter woodland at the barrier (B) and walk for 750m. Shortly after crossing a damp gulley, the track starts to rise with yellow-topped posts to left and right (E), after which point you enter Betley Gorse.
The north boundary (LEF) is marked by yellow-topped posts.
The north boundary (FG) is a field-edge stock fence.
The east boundary (GJ) is a narrow ride marked by orange-topped posts.
The south boundary (JK) is a field-edge stock fence.
The west boundary (KL) is a field-edge stock fence.
The sporting rights are included and are not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There is a right of access for all purposes to the property via the track BCDE.
A right of access EH is reserved to woodland beyond.
Maintenance of all tracks is according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sales price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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.