Ridley Wood, Stocksfield, Northumberland. A lovely mature broadleaf wood with gated access just half an hour from Newcastle city centre. 6.59 acres for £38,000 (freehold) [#A1409]
Full canopy oak and ash atop mixed broadleaves on level ground and with excellent access.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 88
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance (A): NZ 082 611
- Centre of wood: NZ 096 605
Nearest postcode: NE42 5PD
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.
Ridley Wood sits at the end of a long private track near the east side of the substantial Hyons Wood, some 2 miles south-west of Prudhoe. Hexham is about 10 miles to the northwest and Newcastle a similar distance to the east. Both are easily reached in half an hour via the A69.
The wood lies on level and gently sloping ground with a slight northerly aspect on the south side of a shallow valley above the Stanley Burn (a small tributary of the Tyne).
A century ago the area was a hive of industry. Now it is a quiet woodland haven with deer flitting through glades where miners once laboured. A scattered canopy of spreading oak, beech and ash overlies a variety of smaller and emerging stems including birch, rowan and the occasional hornbeam plus a variety of shrubs; most notably hazel, holly and hawthorn. The well-spaced stems admit plenty of dappled sunlight to the woodland floor which opens out to a number of small grassy glades pockmarked with ferns. Elsewhere you may find the citrus tang of wood sorrel and the sweet aroma of honeysuckle.
Quiet viewing will be rewarded with the sights and sounds of the local wildlife from deer and badgers to buzzards and red kites, while in springtime the birdsong is a delight.
The wood is served by a well-found hard track (suitable for 2WD access) linking to a private parking spur on the north side.
If It Were Mine
The grassy glades invite quiet enjoyment, be it watching the wildlife or pitching a tent. The slow evolution of this mature woodland community invites low impact management. Sensitive removal of the occasional stem and enrichment planting to diversify the mix for wildlife would be my take on this delightful woodland.
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
- Head west out of Prudhoe on the A695 for ½ mile to the village of Mickley Square.
- Turn left in the middle of the village onto Eastgate Bank.
- Continue south up the hill for 0.9 mile, passing through the hamlet of High Mickley.
- Turn left at the T junction just after the village.
- Drive east for 200 yards then turn first right into an area of hard standing, parking clear of the steel barrier (A on the plan).
- Walk south down the track beyond the steel barrier for 800 metres to the woodland gate (B).
- Enter the woodland via the personnel gate (B) and continue on the main central track (swinging east) for about 950 metres to reach the second hard track off to your right (C).
- Continue straight on the main track for a further 150 metres until you see a line of red-topped posts off to your right (D).
- Ridley Wood is on your right after this point.
Ridley Wood is over a mile from the public road. A bicycle may assist viewing access.
Safety Note: Due to historic mining activity in the wider woodland there may be unknown entrances and fissures which are not visible on the surface. There is no definitive plan of mining activity. Please take extra care when viewing.
- The east boundary (EF) is the line of a gully marked periodically by blue-topped posts.
- The south boundary (FG) is marked by a line of white-topped posts.
- The west boundary (DG) is marked by a line of red-topped posts.
- The north boundary (DE) is the south side of the main track.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are not included. Please click on the button below for more details.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times and for all purposes over the route ABCDE.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way, with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way in the wood.
There are no fencing liabilities.
The woodland lies within the former Tynedale Greenbelt.
Third Party Rights
- A right is reserved to Harworth Estates to enter with plant and machinery to carry out environmental tests and geological surveys.
- An overage (clawback) agreement exists whereby 50% of the increase in the value of the land attributable to securing certain types of planning permission is payable to Harworth Estates.
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.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.