Iron Mill Wood, Bampton, near Tiverton, Devon. 3.96 acres of riverside broadleaves for £35,000 freehold [#A529]
Riverside broadleaves with vehicular access and fishing rights just south of Exmoor National Park.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 181.
National Grid Ref:
- Viewer parking: SS 917 208.
- Centre of wood: SS 914 206.
Nearest postcode: EX16 9EN.
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.
Iron Mill Wood is part of a larger ancient wood on the southern edge of an archetypal combe valley just outside the southern boundary of Exmoor National Park. The pretty market town of Bampton is 4 miles to the east and the wider facilities of Tiverton are 15 minutes by car. The M5 (junction 27) is 17 miles to the southeast.
This pristine wood occupies a lower valley situation with a northerly aspect overlooking a delightful trout stream. It sits amidst other ancient woodland within a wider Devon landscape of rolling pasture, woods and hedgerows.
Iron Mill and the adjacent woods are designated as ‘Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland’ suggesting it has been continuously wooded for at least 400 years. Most of the trees here are the natural successors of many previous generations.
Above the track Iron Mill is predominantly oak dating from the middle of the last century, interspersed with occasional silver birch. Towards the riverside the mix diversifies to include some large beech stems and clumps of willow on the river bank. The shrub layer is composed of hazel and occasional holly plus a variety of young hardwoods regenerating from the parent trees. The ground flora is typical of ancient woodland and includes bluebell, primrose, bilberry, wood anemone, wood sorrel and a range of ferns.
The Iron Mill valley is delightfully detached from the modern world and the ancient woodland habitat means this is still the preserve of wildlife. Red deer feed in the glades, woodland birds abound in the tree canopy and buzzards wheel overhead. At night the air is charged with the sights and sounds of its nocturnal inhabitants including owls, foxes and badgers, whilst bats patrol the river and rides in pursuit of insects. Though not seen when we visited, this appears to be ideal kingfisher and dipper habitat.
Iron Mill offers excellent recreational opportunities with single bank fishing rights on almost a kilometre of the Iron Mill stream. Meanwhile the upper southern edge (accessed by a hard track and with a parking place at the end) offers a secluded locus for quiet enjoyment. Sportsmen will enjoy the possibility of the occasional pheasant for the pot, whilst free-range children will delight in the intriguing double stream on the west edge of the wood. The camp fire will be supplied by fallen dead-wood, and standing thinnings (a Forestry Commission felling licence is in place) will allow those of a more active mind to indulge in a little silviculture and woodcraft.
There is a full vehicular right of access on a recently upgraded all-weather hard track that is suitable for 2WD.
With beauty, small-scale woodland management, family recreation, conservation opportunities, tranquillity and fishing, there’s not much this rather special woodland doesn’t offer!
To View This Woodland
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
From junction 27 of the M5 head west on the A361 for about 6½ miles. Turn right at the first roundabout onto the A396 signed for Bampton. Continue for 5 miles until the next roundabout (by the Exeter Inn) and take the first exit left (staying on the A396) signed for Minehead.
After 1¾ miles follow the road to the left as it crosses the River Exe, at which point it becomes the B3227. Continue up the hill for exactly one mile and then take first left signed for Oakford. After 200 metres fork left onto Hangmans’ Lane and after a further 600 metres cross the bridge at the bottom of the hill. Please park on the hard-standing area on the right immediately after the bridge (keeping clear of all gates), and continue on foot.
Take the footpath west through the gate (with the Red Rock Forestry sign) and continue for about 280 metres (to approximately opposite the houses across the river) until you see yellow-topped posts above the track and a line of yellow spots on trees below. Iron Mill Wood is above and below the track after this point.
The north boundary (BG) is the middle of the river.
The east boundary (BC) is marked by yellow spots on a few trees.
The east boundary (CD) is marked by yellow-topped posts.
The south boundary (DE) is the south side of the hard track.
The south boundary (EF) is marked by blue-topped posts.
The west boundary (FG) is the streamside.
The sporting rights are included and are not let. There are fishing rights for two rods on Iron Mill stream between points A and H on the plan.
These fishing rights are shared with other properties in the wider wood.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There is a right of access for all purposes over the hard track AC.
A right of access is reserved to others over CG.
Maintenance of shared tracks is according to use.
There is also a hard track route DJ that leads to the upper part of the wood. There is uncertainty about the ownership of the eastern section of this track but it seems unlikely that access would be contended on this secondary means of access to the property.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights:
The owner of a neighbouring wood (outlined in dark green on the plan) has the right to access the land cross-hatched in blue on the plan solely for the purposes of quiet recreation (excluding fishing). We are led to believe this right is exercised infrequently.
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.
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.
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