Helix Wood, Woodcote, Oxfordshire. 2.02 acres of charming mature beech woodland 10 miles from Henley-on-Thames. £25,500 (freehold) [#S1180]
A stunning and peaceful Ancient Woodland set in rural Oxfordshire, 9 miles north of Reading, serviced by a good hard surfaced track.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 175
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SU 648 808
- Centre of wood: SU 649 807
Nearest postcode: RG8 0RT
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.
Helix Wood is situated among a wider forested area known as Birchen Copse on the fringes of Woodcote village, some 19 miles south of Oxford.
Standing on well drained loamy soils, a strong canopy of majestic beech trees dominate the woodland. This tranquil copse was initially established to yield timber for a once prosperous furniture industry in High Wycombe. Known for its shade tolerance, some vigorous beech regeneration combined with large thickets of holly occupy the shrub layer. Several birch also pepper the area, particularly towards the southwest boundary where the woodland opens. A new owner could strim a spot to pitch a tent.
It is a mostly level site with a gentle incline leading into the trees from the southwest. A large display of seasonal fungi, a characteristic of beech woodland, will delight an enthusiast. These include fly agaric, porcelain fungi and chanterelle. Populations of roe and muntjac deer regularly visit the area as well as a wonderful array of birdlife, such as buzzard, tawny owl, woodpecker and many songsters.
Helix Wood is accessed via a hard track that runs just inside the southwest and southeast boundaries, suitable for a 2WD car. This access offers good scope for a weekend woodsman wishing to extract a small amount of firewood.
If It Were Mine
The open area towards the southwest boundary would make a lovely locus for a night out, perhaps with a small fire. I would consider gathering a little beech wood for my meat smoker at home, some locally sourced smoked venison would be delicious!
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
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 the edge of Reading take the A4074 north towards Wallingford and Oxford.
- Approximately 1 mile past Cane End turn left onto the B4526.
- Follow this road for another mile and then turn right for Woodcote.
- The entrance for the wood can be seen on the right-hand side of the road after 550 metres indicated by a Woods4Sale sign (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a suitable place not obstructing the gate. Sorry we do not provide keys for viewings.
- Climb the gate and continue along the track, keeping right at the first junction (point B).
- Continue for 50 metres where you will arrive at a red and green painted wooden post on the right (point C).
- The entrance to Helix Wood is on the left.
- The southeast boundary is the outside edge of the track, indicated by wooden posts and trees painted green.
- The northeast boundary is indicated by wooden posts and trees painted yellow.
- The southwest boundary is the outside edge of the track, indicated by wooden posts painted green.
- The northwest boundary is indicated by wooden posts and trees painted red.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted for all times and all purposes over the route ABC on the plan below.
- A right of way is reserved over the route CDE for the benefit of the woodland beyond
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in this woodland.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.