Clare’s Wood, near Dorking, Surrey. 6.80 acres of mixed conifer and broadleaf set in a peaceful location for £45,000 (leasehold) [#E994]
A spectacular mixed woodland, with a combination of mature Scots pine, fir, oak, beech and other species, set in an idyllic peaceful location.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 187.
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside access point: TQ 117 447.
- Parking (point A): TQ 121 442.
- Centre of wood: TQ 120 439.
Nearest postcode: RH5 6LQ.
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.
Clare’s Wood is set in a tranquil rural location in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This woodland lies midway between the urban centres of Crawley and Guildford, which are both around half an hour by car.
The property is 230 – 240 metres above sea level, with a moderately southerly aspect. The fertile loamy soils are excellent for tree growth. Approaching the woodland one arrives at an impressive stand of mature beech and oak with a scattered understorey of mature holly, which is quite dense in places. The boundary to the south east is a track, which gently descends to lower ground dominated by veteran sweet chestnut stools and some moist soil conditions. These tall chestnuts have not been coppiced for some time, with the occasional stem fallen in high winds. Decaying wood provides great habitat for insects, further enriching biodiversity.
To the far south is a small thinned stand of good quality Scots pine, with others scattered throughout. Ash, hazel and birch form a minor species component, with a row of tall mature beech lining an historic bund to the east.
A notable feature of the woodland is the wildlife, in particular the variety of birds. These include woodlark, willow and wood warbler, nightingale and birds of prey such as sparrow hawk and kestrel. Woodland mammals include badgers and roe deer.
Several access paths exist within the woodland, which have been used for woodland management and provide great accessibility. Clare’s Wood has excellent potential as both an amenity woodland and for someone looking for a small-scale silvicultural investment.
The leasehold is a 999 year lease commencing in 1956.
If It Were Mine
A diverse bat population can be seen flitting through the trees at dusk, I would enhance this by installing some wildlife boxes in places. I also would look to renew a program of sweet chestnut coppice works.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Dorking head west on the A25 (Guildford Road), continue through the villages of Westcott and Wotton.
- Leaving Wotton after ½ mile take the left turning towards Abinger Common.
- In the village you will come to a staggered cross roads, take the right turn signposted Holmbury St Mary.
- Drive along Pasture Wood Rd for ½ mile up the hill and take the left turn signposted Beatrice House.
- Continue ahead for 500 metres, pass some playing fields on the right and over some speed bumps.
- Pass some cabins on the left, at the fork take the right turn up the hill and park in the layby on the right (point A). Do not obstruct the track.
- Continue along the track by foot passing a field on the left, after 150 metres you will come to our ‘Woods4Sale’ sign.
- Clare's Wood is ahead.
- The northeast boundary is marked by an agricultural fence.
- The southeast boundary is defined by an old earth bund marked with trees with white paint.
- The southwest boundary is marked by wooden posts and trees with orange paint.
- The northwest boundary is the inside of the track and marked by wooden posts with green paint.
We believe the sporting rights to be included and not let.
Mineral rights are not included, though the tenant has the right to extract stone, sand and gravel for the construction and maintenance of walls, fences, roads, rides and tracks.
Rights Of Way
- A right of way is granted with or without animals and vehicles at all times for purposes connected with the property, marked BC on the plan.
- A right of way is reserved along all tracks passing though the property on foot or on horseback for the benefit of the Landlord or owners or occupiers of Beatrice Webb House. We believe that this right is historical and not exercised.
- A maintenance clause covers this right of way.
- There are public footpaths along the northern and eastern boundaries.
We are told that there is an Article 4 notice requiring planning permission for fencing (temporary fencing is possible with a woodland management plan to protect young plantings against roe deer damage).
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 sale 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.
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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.