Stocks Wood, Stocksfield, Northumberland. An attractive mature birch wood just half an hour from Newcastle city centre. 6.76 acres for £36,000 (freehold) [#A1410]
Elegant well-spaced stems, grassy glades, seclusion and good access in a wider gated woodland.
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.
Stocks Wood occupies gently sloping and near-level ground and is set amidst a larger broadleaf woodland known as 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.
It is hard to believe that the wider area was extensively mined in Victorian times, as it now such a ‘natural’ and tranquil spot. A good proportion of the wood is populated with mature birch, the delicate foliage admitting plenty of light to the woodland floor which is composed of soft grasses, woodland flowers and a scattering of woody shrubs like hazel, holly and hawthorn. A few mature oak and some rowan completes the picture.
Between the stems there are plenty of grassy glades, pockmarked with ferns. Elsewhere you may find the citrus tang of wood sorrel and the sweet aroma of honeysuckle.
Wildlife is plentiful – deer, foxes and badgers on the ground, woodland birds in the tree canopy and buzzards circling above. Red kites are also found in the area and you may also hear curlew and lapwing in the fields nearby
Stocks Wood is served by a well-found hard track (suitable for 2WD access) which links to a private parking spur on the north side for ‘in-wood’ parking. The easy terrain and largely clean woodland floor makes for easy pedestrian access across most of the wood – ideal for both recreation and management.
If It Were Mine
Felling a few birch for the log store could enlarge some of the glades which in turn would allow the planting of a wider range of native species. Some fruiting shrubs would benefit the birds and I would also consider flailing some of the bracken patches.
BBQs and camping? Of course!
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).
- Stocks Wood is on your right after this point.
Stocks 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 (DE) is marked by a line of red-topped posts.
- The south boundary (EF) is marked by a line of white-topped posts.
- The west boundary (CF) is the east side of the track.
- The north boundary (CD) 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 routes ABCD and CF.
- 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:
- 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.