Bowhill Wood, Betley, Staffordshire. 3.16 acres of ancient oak woodland between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Nantwich. £69,000 (freehold) [#A2161]
A mature broadleaved wood dominated by oak above a herb-rich forest floor with excellent access amidst rolling farmland in North Staffordshire.
CW3 9AF (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
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Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger map: Sheet 118
- Woodland entrance: SJ 757 496
- Wood centre: SJ 760 494
Bowhill Wood lies on a gentle southwest-facing bank sandwiched between arable fields and meadowland. The majority of the canopy is composed of mature oak, some of considerable age. A few large sweet chestnut are peppered through the canopy and there are scattered individual stems of other species including rowan, birch, ash and a handful of large black poplar.
The oak are of fine quality and selectively felling a few individuals would produce some high value mill-wood. This would also release the best retained stems to grow on without affecting the overall structure and feel of this designated Ancient Woodland. Equally owners may elect not to risk dabbling with perfection, choosing instead to enjoy the windfirm groves of oak as they are.
In the shrub layer, hazel (a native associate of oak) is widespread beneath the canopy along with holly, dog rose, hawthorn and elder. The herb layer is almost exclusively populated by species associated with ancient woodland including wood anemone, wild garlic and dog’s mercury along with a dramatic seasonal display of bluebells.
In spring the wood is alive with birdsong, giving way at dusk to the sight and sounds of the nocturnal inhabitants including badgers, owls, foxes and bats. There are attractive views out to east and west over a landscape that has changed little in many decades. Yet all this tranquillity is just ¼ hour from the M6, promising easy access from Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands. Cars can be driven to a generous hard-standing area within the wood thanks to an all-weather forest track, which will also support small-volume timber extraction.
We have waxed lyrical about this wood. One visit and we think you will see why.
If It Were Mine
Felling a few sizeable ash (sadly diseased as they are throughout the UK) could produce some valuable mill wood and wood fuel.
Bowhill is definitely a wood for sylvan enjoyment. Picnics, BBQs and camping are surely all on the cards!
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 J16 of the M6 head west for 2 miles on the A500.
- At the roundabout take the first exit to Keele on the A531.
- At the next roundabout take the first exit signed for Betley.
- Continue for 1.8 miles then turn left onto Back Lane just before entering Betley Village.
- The entrance to the wider woodland is a steel barrier (signed ‘Stockings Cote’) on your right about ½ mile from the junction (A on the plan).
- Follow the track for 350 metres until you see red-topped posts to left and right (B), to enter Bowhill. A Woods4Sale sign is just to the right of the entrance.
- The northwest boundary (GBC) is marked by red-topped posts.
- The northeast boundary (CD) is a field-edge stock fence.
- The southeast boundary (DEF) is marked by blue-topped posts.
- The southwest boundary (FG) is a field-edge stock fence.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are excluded from a small area in the northwest corner of the wood.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times and for all purposes over the route AB.
- A right of way is reserved over the route BE for the benefit of the woodland beyond.
- A maintenance clause covers all shared rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
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 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)
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.