Halter Wood, a very attractive mature mixed broadleaf woodland with a stream, near Delamere Forest in the Cheshire countryside, 3.47 acres for £65,000 (freehold) [#F1512]
A mature oak and sycamore stand with a few specimen beech trees, a great amenity woodland with excellent access.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 117
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SJ 583 722
- Centre of wood: SJ 583 719
Nearest postcode: CW8 2TN
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.
Halter Wood occupies part of the south facing slope of the historic Hunt Hill Woodland. Situated in the midst of the Cheshire countryside, it is only 5 miles from Northwich and a short drive from Chester. The wood is easily reached along a recently upgraded stoned track which provides excellent year-round access. This track is found off a lane just a few minutes from the A533 between Northwich and Chester. Traffic is minimal, making the woodland a very tranquil place to spend the long summer days.
Believed to have been part of the Wilbraham family estate that owned a lot of the surrounding land in the late 18th century, the head of the family, George Wilbraham, was a keen huntsman and this woodland is believed to have been kept and managed for their hunting grounds. Halter Wood is on a gentle slope, and is made up of mature sycamore, oak and beech trees - there are some fantastic looking examples of each species that are over 150 years old. Growing up underneath is a mixture of young birch, chestnut and hazel with the occasional holly tree.
Sprinkled through the woodland are some lovely sunlit open spaces. Where the canopy overhead opens up, there is an array of thriving plant life such as bluebells, wild garlic, dog’s mercury, wild campion, a variety of fern and wild grasses and bracken.
Towards the southern boundary of the woodland, there is a private stream that flows all year round, mostly hidden by flourishing rhododendron, which were heavy with purple flowers on our visit. With a bit of clearing, perhaps cutting a few paths down to the stream and clearing out either side this could be a beautiful environment for a variety of plants and animals.
During the day, the woodland is visited by squirrels, rabbits and hares, countless songbirds and occasional buzzards surfing some overhead air currents. At night, there is a local family of badgers that forage in the wider woodland.
If It Were Mine
I would firstly cut up and split the timber already on site, stack them nearby and leave to dry and season for the following winter’s wood store at home.
Over time I would look to thin out some of the denser areas of smaller sycamore and hazel to introduce some light to the woodland floor and to create some space for the best quality trees (there is a Forestry Commission thinning licence in place to facilitate this).
I would also perhaps begin clearing routes in the rhododendron to provide some nice camping spots, or down to the stream and open it up to allow other plant species to grow.
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 Northwich, head south on the A533 until you reach the A566, turn right heading west towards Chester.
- After approximately 4 miles you will reach a crossroads with traffic lights and a petrol station on the right hand side.
- Turn right onto the A49 (Forest Road) heading north towards Weaverham.
- Drive for less than a mile until you reach a crossroads (the White Barn pub is on the right).
- Turn left, signposted Norley and Delamere road.
- After a 1 mile turn right into Wood’s Lane (there is a small triangular patch of grass adjacent to the turning).
- Drive for a further 200 metres and the you will find the entrance to the woodland on the left-hand side (point A on the plan below), with a Woods4Sale sign.
- Please park taking care to keep clear of the gate – there is a small area opposite the main entrance that may be an ideal spot to park the car when visiting the woodland, climb the gate and continue into the woodland on foot (sorry we do not provide keys for viewing purposes).
- Walk down the stone track for approximately 300 metres until you reach a wooden post marked with green paint just to the left of the track (on the opposite side of the track from a green paint spot high up on a sycamore tree trunk). This is the northern boundary (point B).
- The northern boundary is indicated by green paint on trees and posts
- The boundary, between points B and C on the plan below, is the outside edge of the track as marked by wooden posts marked with green paint.
- The eastern and southern boundaries are the edge of the woodland (Wood's Lane to the east and Norley Road to the south).
- The western boundary is the edge of the woodland with a fenced agricultural field 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 at all times and for all purposes over the route AB.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
Third Party Rights
- An overage (clawback) agreement exists whereby 30% of the increase in the value of the land attributable to securing certain types of planning permission is payable to a previous owner.
- A deed of covenant must be signed at the time of purchase related to the overage provision.
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
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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.