Sotterley Wood, Shadingfield, Suffolk. 3.93 acres of outstanding Ancient Woodland in rural East Anglia, 8 miles northwest from the attractive coastal town of Southwold. £70,000 (freehold) [#S2153]
A lovely blend of oak, hornbeam and ash with a delightful pond, presenting a secluded amenity woodland, 5 miles south of Beccles.
NR34 8DF (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Point Y: ///mere.mild.importers
Point A: ///wages.rooster.outermost
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 156
- Point X: TM 435 831
- Centre of wood: TM 424 835
Part of a wider gated Ancient Woodland, also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Sotterley Wood is situated a short distance south of Beccles in rural rolling Suffolk. It is accessed over a series of farmland and woodland tracks, allowing a truly immersive experience into the heart of this peaceful woodland.
Located for the most part over level loamy clays with gentle undulations, the mature canopy consists of hornbeam, oak, ash, sycamore and occasional birch. Many of the larger hornbeam are of good quality, it is a hardwood species acknowledged for its durability and resistance to wear; chopping blocks, flooring and piano mechanisms are a few if its uses, as well as making excellent fuel.
Within the shrub layer beneath are clumps of holly, field maple, hawthorn. There is also hazel coppice, a handy material for bushcraft should a new custodian want to hone their skills. Come warmer months of the year the ground layer is brimming with bluebell, wood anemones, dog’s mercury, primrose and foxglove. Patches of woodland grasses and rush would make nice spots to picnic if strimmed.
There are a number of openings that offer great camping prospects, and a pond found near the middle of the wood provides an excellent habit for insects and, potentially, reptile life. The current owners have installed a number of bird and owl boxes, appealing to the feathered inhabitants. Some lovely far reaching farmland views looking out south and west might be enjoyed on a warm summer’s evening, perhaps with a glass in hand.
A patient onlooker will almost definitely encounter the wonderful visiting wildlife – muntjac, fallow & roe deer, rabbit, fox, stoat, wren, swift, waxwing, little owl and many harmonious songbirds have been noted previously.
If It Were Mine
Camping by the pond is a tantalising thought. There is some opportunity for gathering some domestic firewood for the hearth at home, the coppiced hornbeam would be favoured for this. A few gaps in the canopy might present stargazing opportunities on a clear East Anglian night - light pollution should be fairly low here.
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 Beccles, head south following signs for Ipswich and the A145 along London Road passing over a level crossing and then Gates A and B for M & H Plastics on the left.
- After 450 metres, take the second exit at the roundabout and continue along the A145 towards Ipswich.
- Continue on the A145 through Shadingfield and Willingham passing The Fox pub on the right and then St John the Baptist church on the left (opposite a large pink house and post box on the right). You will also pass Shadingfield Farm shop on the left shortly after the church.
- Leaving Shadingfield and Willingham, and 260 metres after the farm shop, there is a farm track on the right with a small sign for Wood Farm, The Stables and The Dairy and a Bridleway (point X on the plan below).
- Turn right onto the stone track and continue along the track, turning right after 500 metres.
- Continue along the track bearing left shortly after, following the sign for Wood Farm, The Stables and The Dairy.
- After 0.7 miles, turn right (point Y) just after the red brick stable conversions on the right (Wood Farm, The Stables and The Dairy).
- Continue along the track passing the woodland and a triangular owl box in a tree on the right (this owl box is on the southern boundary of Sotterley Wood).
- After 700 metres (from the red brick stable conversions) bear right (point A) and follow the track towards the woodland and a steel gate (point B) with the stream on your left.
- Please park in a suitable safe place not obstructing the track or any farm traffic.
- Continue on foot round the gate (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings) and following the track into the woodland, passing a green shed on the left.
- Approximately 35 metres after the green shed turn right (point C) and follow the gently sloping stone track.
- After 195 metres, turn right (point D) and follow the track, turning left (point E) after a further 115 metres.
- After 45 metres the woodland is on the right (point F), indicated by a wooden name sign and our Woods4Sale board beyond.
- The east and southeastern boundary FG is the inside edge of the track, GH is set back approximately 6 metres or so on the northwest side of the wooden post with green painted dots.
- The southern and western boundaries are the earth bunds with the ditch, track and farmland beyond.
- The northern boundary is indicated by green paint on wooden posts with further woodland beyond.
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 Sotterley Wood at all times and for all purposes over the route XYABCDEFG.
- There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
This woodland is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To view the citation, please click on the following link.
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 have funds in place 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
- Please confirm how you will be funding the purchase and that you have cleared funds available
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. We cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the land.