Champion Wood, Widdrington, Northumberland. Mature broadleaves and a useful stand of spruce at the end of a private track about 20 minutes north of Morpeth. 4.6 acres freehold for £42,500 [#A1443]
Oak glades, harvestable timber, privacy and good access.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 81
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Entrance off public road (X): NZ 227 946
- Centre of wood: NZ 213 932
Nearest postcode: NE61 5DW
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.
Champion Wood lies at the end of a long track on the southwest side of an island of mature woodland surrounded by wide open agricultural fields. Rothbury is about 20 minutes to the north and Morpeth a similar distance to the south. Newcastle is about 45 minutes by car.
Aside from a small gulley near the south side, the wood lies on level easily-accessed ground. It has a bright outlook with open views from southwest to southeast. The adjacent woodland to the north is mostly native broadleaves. Tranquillity is pretty much assured in this private location, and the wider woodland has become something of a refuge for wildlife. Deer, badgers, hares and bats are all resident and the wood is invariably alive with birdsong. We also saw pheasant and woodcock and heard lapwing and curlew in adjacent fields.
The wood is very much of two parts, with a stand of maturing Sitka spruce of good form in the north corner wrapped around by broadleaves dominated by scattered full-canopy oak stems above grassy glades frequented by roe deer. Elsewhere you will also find rowan, willow, birch, holly, hazel and elder, plus the occasional ash.
The woodland (which is designated as ancient semi-natural) has a floor that is mostly composed of soft grasses and wild flowers such as bluebell, stitchwort, wood anemone and dog's mercury. There are occasional patches of bracken.
The woods are served by a substantial and well-proven track from the public road. This connects with a newly constructed track in the wider woodland suitable for 2WD, leading to a double parking spur within Champion Wood.
Thanks to the variety of woodland types there’s real opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of woodland activities here, from harvesting and restocking to conservation management. And the photographs testify to its high amenity credentials.
If It Were Mine
The conifers seem windfirm but are nearing maturity so thinning and/or felling is an option over the next few years. The mature scattered oak glades on the west side offer superb prospects for camping and quiet enjoyment. There are a few ash that (like everywhere else) are suffering die-back. I would harvest these soon for the hearth – the best firewood there is! And I’d flail the bracken patches.
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 north out of Morpeth on the A197.
- One mile after Ulgham (and just before entering the village of Widdrington Station), turn left onto the unclassified road signed for Stobswood and Felton.
- Drive for exactly one mile and then turn left through double gates onto a hard track (X on the plan). The gate is opposite a parking area and adjacent to a lone ash tree. PLEASE ENSURE THE GATE IS LEFT CLOSED.
- Drive south between open fields on the track for 500 metres, then turn first right (Y – shortly after some wooden railing over a culvert).
- Continue west for 1,000 metres and then take the first left turn (Z).
- Continue south for a further 500 metres then turn right (A at the corner of young woodland), then left after 120 metres onto the new stone track at (B).
- Just south of B, there is a locked gate. Please park here keeping the gate and access tracks clear.
- Please climb the gate (sorry we do not give out keys for viewing) and continue on foot for a further 250 metres to enter mature woodland (C) by a Woods4Sale sign.
- Follow the track ahead for 30 metres then turn first right (D) and continue 100 metres to the track end (E).
- Champion Wood is now ahead of you.
Please do not exceed 15 mph on the tracks.
- The northwest boundary (JEF) is marked by blue-topped posts.
- The northeast boundary (FG) is marked by white-topped posts.
- The southeast boundary (GH) is the outer field-edge stock fence
- The southwest boundary (HJ) is the field edge stock fence.
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 at all times for all purposes over the route XYZABCDE.
- 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 woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Third Party Rights
An overage (clawback) agreement ending in 2044 exists whereby 20% of the increase in the value of the land attributable to securing planning permission for use or development (other than for agriculture or forestry) is payable to a previous owner.
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.