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Hamsteels Copse, Esh, Co Durham. 1.83 acres of productive conifers for £18,500 (freehold) [#A888]


Well-managed productive Scots pine on level ground combining seclusion with good access in the Deerness Valley, five miles west of Durham.




1.83 acres




£18,500 (freehold)


OS Landranger Map: Sheet 88.

National Grid Ref:        

- Access point A: NZ 206 427.

- Woodland gate C: NZ 202 434.

Centre of wood: NZ 198 432.

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.


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Hamsteels Copse occupies level ground 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 woodland is principally composed of production-phase Scots pine through which there is a scattering of hardwoods including beech and sycamore. The wood was thinned profitably three years ago and the quality of the retained stems promises some good lumber. A light shrub layer of hazel, hawthorn and elder overlies a rich ground flora including bluebells, ferns, wood sorrel, blackberry and foxglove.

Hamsteels Copse is served by a recently upgraded 2WD track which leads into a private parking spur at the northeast corner of the property. The wider woodland is a magnet for local wildlife including roe deer, badgers and foxes, along with woodland songsters, owls and buzzards.

The quality pine stems should prove attractive to the woodsman whilst the general ambiance will no doubt have wider appeal.

If It Were Mine

I’d continue a light touch regime of thinning (a Forestry Commission thinning licence is in place), where possible favouring the regeneration potential of emerging broadleaves. I’d also consider creating a small managed glade as a locus for quiet enjoyment and camping.

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 a bus stop on your right, adjacent to a farm track (A on the plan). The farm track is also marked as a public footpath.
  • Please park here safely, without causing any obstruction to the track entrance.
  • Please note that viewing access is on foot only from the public road. There is strictly no vehicular access or parking on the farm track or at the farm buildings, both of which are separately owned.
  • Walk 550 metres up to the farm (B) and continue on the public footpath through two steel barriers and then a further 200 metres to the woodland entrance (C) on your left (a third steel barrier).
  • Please note we do not give out keys for viewing. Purchasers will be given keys and vehicular access on completion of purchase.
  • Walk down the main woodland track for 380 metres to the junction of the second hard track on your left (D).
  • Go down this track for about 150 metres (crossing the stream) to point E – the northeast corner of Hamsteels Copse.


  • The north boundary (JE) is marked by a line of red-topped posts in a forest ride.
  • The east boundary (EF) is the west side of the hard track.
  • The south boundary (FG) is marked a line of white-topped posts.
  • The west boundary (GH) is the field-edge fence and (HJ) is marked by white-topped posts along the line of an earth bund.

Sporting Rights

The sporting rights are included. They are not let.

Mineral Rights

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 track ABCDE.
  • Maintenance of all shared tracks is according to use.
  • There are no public rights of way within the wood.

Fencing Liabilities

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.

Restrictive Covenants

There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.

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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.

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

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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 Interest

Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

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