Witton Ponds Wood, Esh, Co Durham. 3.86 acres of ponds and trees for £38,500 (freehold) [#A886]
Conifers, hardwoods, water and seclusion with good access in the Deerness Valley, five miles west of Durham.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 88.
National Grid Ref:
- Access point A: NZ 206 427.
- Woodland gate B: NZ 202 434.
- Centre of wood: NZ 197 432.
Nearest postcode: DH7 9QD.
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.
Witton Ponds Wood lies within a larger gated woodland in the attractive Deerness Valley. The historic city of Durham is five miles to the east and the A1 is about 15 minutes away giving easy access from north and south.
The larger part of the property occupies level ground which falls away to a broad shallow streamside gully below the ponds.
The ground between the ponds and the north track is largely open. The other side of the ponds is fronted by broadleaves including oak, ash and birch, beyond which is a belt of larch and pine. There is also an attractive stand of mature Norway spruce at the east end, downstream of the ponds. Other species on site include alder, rowan, hazel, willow, hawthorn and elder.
Witton Ponds supports a rich ground flora of ferns, wood sorrel, blackberry and foxglove, plus extensive swathes of bluebells which form a stunning seasonal backdrop to the ponds.
The wood is served by a recently upgraded car-accessible track which wraps round the larger part of the property giving good access to all areas. There is also a private parking spur at the west end of the property.
The water features and diversity of species coupled with considerable seclusion makes this an attractive location for wildlife. We noted roe deer, bats, owls and buzzards when we visited along with plenty of evidence of passing badgers. Springtime will no doubt reveal plenty of songsters too.
There is a lot to do and enjoy here from quiet contemplation of the habitat to active woodland management. A footpath to the south side of the ponds would enhance access to an ideal recreation area for camping and BBQs - a great place to retire to after a strenuous day with the chainsaw.
If It Were Mine
The current thinning licence allows management of the conifer stands and I would be tempted to manage the vegetation by the ponds to create dapple-shaded glades for conservation and amenity. More adventurously, the top pond might benefit from some dredging in the future.
To View This Woodland
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- Head west from Durham on the A690.
- After about a mile turn right at the roundabout onto the B6302 signed for Ushaw Moor.
- Continue on this road (passing through Ushaw Moor on the way) for exactly 3 miles until you come to a minor crossroads (signed for Broadgate Farm to the left).
- Continue on the B6302 for just under half a mile more to the farm track immediately before a bus stop (A on the plan). The farm track is also marked as a public footpath and should have a Woods4sale sign adjacent.
- Walk 550 metres up to the farm (B) and continue on foot through two steel barriers for 200 metres to the woodland entrance (C) on your left (a third steel barrier).
- Walk along the forest track for about 350 metres to the second junction on your left (D on the plan). Witton Ponds Wood is on your left after this point.
- Please note that we do not give out keys for viewing and there is no parking for viewers at the farm buildings which are separately owned.
- The northeast and northwest boundaries (DGF) are to the north side of the hard track, crossing to the east side of the track at the stream (point G).
- The east and south boundary (DE) is the east and south sides of the hard track.
- The southwest boundary (EF) is marked by red-topped posts in a woodland ride.
The sporting rights are included. They are not let.
The mineral rights are reserved to a previous owner.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of access for all purposes to the property over the tracks ABCD and GF.
- A right of access is reserved to others over the routes DG and DE.
- Maintenance of all shared tracks is according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the wood.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights:
An overage provision exists until 6th September 2020 whereby 50% of the increase of the value of the land attributable to securing planning permission for any change of use will be payable to the Coal Authority.
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.
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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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.