Highfield Wood, Chapeltown, South Yorkshire. 3.6 acres of conifer and mixed broadleaf woodland for £29,000 (freehold) [#901]
A well-managed stand of maturing mixed species on gentle slopes enjoying vehicular access and a fine outlook, midway between Sheffield and the Peak District National Park.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 110.
National Grid Ref:
- Viewer parking: SK 329 966.
- Centre of wood: SK 326 965.
Nearest postcode: S35 1WN.
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Highfield Wood lies on the south side of a private gated forest. The Peak District National Park is eight miles to the west and Sheffield is a similar distance to the south. External access links are excellent with junction 26 of the M1 just three miles away. Internally, a stone track which is readily negotiated by 4x4 (and with care by car) leads all the way to the property.
The majority of the wood occupies very gentle slopes. The aspect to the south is across open farmland, with woodland to other compass points. The entire property is designated as a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site suggesting at least 400 years of woodland cover and consequently it supports a richer habitat than more recently established woodland. This is reflected in the ground flora and the variety of woodland songbirds present, along with woodpeckers, buzzards, badgers and foxes.
The majority of the wood is comprised of a quality mixture of maturing Scots pine, Norway spruce and some European larch. The field edge is trimmed with mature beech and oak. There are also some oak, beech, birch and sycamore within the conifers along with a few holly and hazel bushes. There is a small amount of blackberry but the woodland floor is largely clear of invasive vegetation and supports a healthy number of bluebells with scattered fern and occasional soft grasses, giving easy pedestrian access across the site.
The gentle uncluttered forest floor offers very good internal access, both for recreation and woodland management. The current owner has put this to good effect through a light-touch programme of thinning, with consequent benefits to the quality of the retained stems. Highfield will no doubt continue to yield a steady stream of firewood and also has the potential to produce some quality saw-logs for the market or on-site processing.
This productive wood enjoys easy access, easy terrain and is easy on the eye – in my view one of the nicest parcels from this location.
If It Were Mine
I would continue the light-touch thinning regime, favouring any hardwoods so as to steer the wood towards a more mixed species composition. A hard spur track leading in from the north edge would improve vehicular access into the wood in winter.
To View This Woodland
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From J36 of the M1 head southwest on the A61, also called Westwood New Road.
- After a mile cross straight over the first roundabout and continue on the A61 for a further 1½ miles passing the junction (by a garage) for A629 on your right.
- Keep south on the A61 for a further 300 metres and you will see a Woods4sale sign in a tree on your right.
- Turn first right after the sign into a private drive (about 200 metres after the sign).
- Immediately after entering the drive there is an area of hard-standing on your left.
- Please park on the hard-standing and walk from this point. The entrance to the wood is via the locked gate opposite (with a small For Sale sign).
- Walk north up the forest track for 200 metres (B) and then turn left, following the track for a further 150 metres until you see a blue-topped post on your left (C).
- Highfield Wood is on your left after this point.
- The north boundary (CF) is the south side of the hard track.
- The east boundary (CD) is marked by a line of blue-topped posts.
- The southeast boundary (DE) is the field-edge stone wall.
- The west boundary (EF) is marked by yellow-topped posts on the east edge of the forest ride.
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 over the route ABCF.
- Maintenance of shared 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
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Maps & Plans
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